STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Welcome to the SPARK STEM page!
Here you'll find out more about the exciting things we're doing with our STEM program. Working together with parents, students, teachers, administrators and our community, we are going to learn problem solving and creative thinking using robots, calculators, gaming and more. We'll be using everything from computers and water rockets to everyday items like straws, shoe boxes and pipe cleaners. Is it conventional? No. But that's how we solve the unconventional problems of the future.
What is STEM?
The goal of STEM is to prepare students for 21st Century workplace careers by providing high quality educational opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. In other words, we're preparing for what's ahead.
Why is STEM important?
The problems of today are complex. More and more, solutions to those problems require a different kind of thinking that includes technology, math, engineering and science. From idea to application, from insight to innovation, the STEM program endeavors to teach skills that work to prepare our kids for our world.
What's the big idea?
STEM helps promote standards are more rigorous and the concepts help us move away from the old models of asking students to define and explain. Those concepts are replaced with more engaging concepts that ask students to do more such as construct an argument and use a model to explain for example. We also notice the use of “obtain, evaluate, and communicate" at the beginning of each standard, and we are working to prepare students to respond to those requirements.
Keep an eye on this space.
We have so much to do and so much to show you. We can't wait to get started and fill this place with all the amazing, incredible, unusual, breathtaking, fun and educational things we are doing this year. Keep coming back for more. We're determined to change the way we learn so we can change the world!
Science: Georgia standards are 3- Dimensional and integrate content with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts. Crosscutting concepts can be described as “bigger than big ideas” that help organize scientific information. CCC cut across life, earth, and physical science. Scientists look for patterns and try to understand cause and effect across all disciplines
Technology: The ISTE Standards are a framework to rethink education and create innovative learning environments.
Engineering: 3-D learning in the Georgia Standards of Excellence include performances in which students integrate practices, content, and crosscutting concepts. Students will: ask questions (for science) and define problems (for engineering), develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, use mathematics and computational thinking, construct explanations (for science) and design solutions (for engineering), and engage in argument from evidence.
Mathematics: the program will actively engage the students in the development of mathematical understanding by using manipulatives and a variety of representations. Students will work independently and cooperatively to solve problems, estimating and computing efficiently, and conducting investigations and recording findings.Students will work to understand concepts rather than merely follow a sequence of procedures. They will find different ways to a solution and sometimes discover more than one right answer in applied mathematics. The emphasis will be on problem solving, reasoning, representation, connections, and communication.
Health: Health education is an integral part of the total education of every child from kindergarten through grade 12. Therefore, every student should have the opportunity to participate in quality health education programs. It provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful learners and healthy and productive adults. To help students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors, health education should contribute directly to a student‟s ability to successfully practice behaviors that protect and promote health and avoid or reduce health risks.