Phase One of the District-Wide STEM Initiative is complete with the reconfiguration of a room in the Bresnahan Elementary School into the Strem STEM Lab, a flexible lab space with multiple learning modules for different grades and STEM themes. In this learning hub, modules support experimentation and labs, technology and robotics, engineering “maker” centers for building and design, and more. Each grade focuses on a STEM theme: Discovery (Kindergarten), Observation (Grade 1), Investigation (Grade 2), and Problem Solving (Grade 3). The goal is for students to develop a perception of themselves as scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. To that end, it is essential to encourage students to take risks, make mistakes, and refine their thinking. Lab components will provide an arena for such creative inquiry.
The Strem STEM Lab benefits all students, grades 1-3 (over 500 students) on a daily basis. Specifically, the lab:
- Creates a flexible lab space that reduces wasted time in setup and transition between activities.
- Integrate science, technology, engineering, and math concepts via shared projects using a variety of tools, including current computer technology and peripherals.
- Enables inquiry-based learning in all domains of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
- Expands differentiated instruction and contemporary teaching strategies in STEM-related coursework.
- Create a seamless flow from lower elementary school to upper elementary and middle school STEM experiences.