STEM in Action
The Ohio Academy of Science defines STEM education as "both the mastery and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for all PK-12 students. It incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design through student-focused, project-based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity/innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving."
Our students are always creating something in the makerspace! Using the engineering design process for all projects, our students problem solve using circuits and building with everything from LEGOs to clay to wood and nails. At times, our students use Tinkercad to design 3D items. Some of our units include financial literacy, the science of hockey, Stop Motion videos, and flood resistant homes. We focus many of our engineering projects on helping others, improving the health of our planet and becoming better citizens.
We are a Google School. In K-8 we have 1:1 Chromebooks. Students in grades 3-8 take them home each night. Our PreK shares iPads.
Our students code at different grade levels. Over the years at St. Francis we cover Internet Safety, we practice proper hand placement when keyboarding. We teach research and study skills in order to be more effective and avoid plagiarism. We learn how to write a bibliography and properly citing work and practice giving presentations.