Ms. Jeanette Causer’s 5th-grade science classes participated in a challenging activity that required her students to use critical thinking and reasoning skills. She and school volunteer Mr. Pierce Powell introduced the students to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical) group activity in physical science as students were learning to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about physical changes.
After instructions were given, students quickly got to work in small groups building the tallest freestanding structure that could support a marshmallow on top of the tower. The friendly competition allowed students to strengthen their team building skills while using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, and one marshmallow. The teams were allowed to use as many or as few of the 20 spaghetti sticks and as much or as little of the tape. The students truly enjoyed themselves as they got to know each other better. What a great way to break the ice on the 2nd day in the classroom!
Mr. Tyler A. Bennett, principal at Center, has challenged the Kindergarten through 5th-grade teachers to include STEM activities as a regular part of their classroom instruction. “We want to challenge our students to think differently this year by using critical thinking skills and creative problem-solving skills in order to increase high levels of learning for all students," Bennett noted.
To learn more about the district's new STEM initiative, please contact Mrs. Millie Price, K-12 STEM Instructional Support Coach, at (912) 283-8656, ext. 1152.
Aniyah E., Everett M., Janezah H., Nathan R., and Sirbari W. were the winning team.
Dedric J., Deontae J, Isaiah G., Trey O., and Mr. Pierce Powell (volunteer)