Ruskin Elementary School is making gains with their school-wide STEM initiative, “Ruskin, An Environmentally Aware School”. In case you haven’t heard about this exciting adventure, here are some of the highlights. The culminating project for 5th grade students is to design and build a model car that is made of recycled materials and powered by alternative sources of energy. For that to happen, all grade levels are responsible for activities that are related in various ways to this exciting final project.
Each grade-level has a specific focus in the school-wide STEM project, and all students are involved in the engineering design process in which they identify a problem related to their grade-level’s focus, brainstorm solutions to the problem, make a plan to solve it, and then create, test, and improve their design. The Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade focus is on various aspects of horticulture as related to their grade-level standards while the fourth grade focus is on creating a non-powered car model based on their standards related to force and motion.
Third graders have a particularly key role in the school project. They are responsible for facilitating a school-wide recycling project and for budgeting the money they raise by collecting and selling aluminum cans. The funds that they raise will be used to help purchase some of the supplies needed by other grade-levels for activities related to their STEM projects.
One of the major problems that 3rd grade encountered was where and how to store the cans that were pouring into the building by students, parents, and teachers. Republic Services came to the rescue! They generously donated an 8 yard recycling container to the school to be used to store the cans in until time to recycle them. This donation was a much needed asset to the program. Mr. Richard Lee and Mr. Lonnie Jones of Republic Services have been very eager to assist the school in any way that they can. Principal Donna Solomon is thankful to have their support.
Pictured is Mr. Allen Scurry from Republic Services delivering the donated recycling container to the school.