What is S.T.E.M.?
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.
How Can You Help Briarlake’s STEM Program?
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
- Cardboard Boxes
- Cereal boxes (don’t forget to clip and save the Box Tops!)
- Craft sticks
- Fabric scraps
- Modeling clay
- Paper plates
- 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
If you need further regarding Briarlake’s STEM education program and how you can help, please contact Debbie Martin-Gerstle at firstname.lastname@example.org.