NO LEFT TURNS into the school grounds from Briarlake Road.
PLEASE display name signs until your child is safely in your car. Using a "skirt/pant" hanger on the mirror of the car is a great idea!!! All students should be picked up by 2:45 at the latest. Thank you for helping keep our children safe.
Turn your cell phones off while dropping off or picking up your children as well when inside the school building!
Briarlake Elementary School | STEM Program
What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively.
Briarlake’s STEM education focuses on the introductory level STEM courses, as well as awareness of the STEM fields and occupations. This initial step provides standards-based structured inquiry-based and real world problem-based learning, connecting all four of the STEM subjects. The goal is to pique students’ interest into them wanting to pursue the courses, not because they have to. There is also an emphasis placed on bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning opportunities.
Let’s Get Started! Introducing Briarlake’s 3rd Academic Challengea STEM based challenge focusing on Engineering, titled “5-Points Traffic Jam”.
A transportation engineer can save lives by designing safer intersections. The purpose of this challenge is to imagine you are a transportation engineer and design an intersection that will be safer for cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Children and parents can work together as a family to work through this challenge. Be sure to follow the Engineering Design Process: “Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve”.
The materials you will need are: colored markers, tape and scissors. You will need to print out 4 pages – Traffic Management Tools, Small Intersection Map, and Large Intersection Map sides A & B. Download instructions by clicking link below.
Each family should submit a copy of their final intersection showing how Tenesha, Juan, and Samantha will travel safely through the intersection during their activities. You are NOT limited to the “cut out” tools. Feel free to add crosswalks, bridges, roundabouts, or even move a roadway in order to create a safer intersection.
STEM Supplies Needed! Beginning January 2016, the STEM experience will really start to come to life for our children with the introduction of monthly STEM Challenge Days (on the last Friday of each month) featuring fun and challenging hands-on learning projects for every grade level. Some months will include a longer 3 day period of STEM-focused activities described as “STEM Bursts”.
Because so much of STEM education revolves around children having the opportunity to design and build, lots of materials and supplies will be needed to ensure that we have enough on hand for every child in our school to have a great learning experience. Some of these materials will be provided by the school, but many supplies will have to be collected from our Briarlake community. In order to support STEM education at our school, your PTA will be assisting with the on-going collection of supplies.
Please help us collect the following supplies for the January STEM activities (DONATION BOXES IN THE FRONT LOBBY):
Plastic Bottle Caps and Lids
Jar tops and Lids
Cereal boxes (don’t forget to clip and save the Box Tops!)
Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
Pipe cleaners (especially green ones for this month)
Styrofoam balls (small and medium)
Tape - cello, masking, and duct are all appreciated