The Ware County School System has made it a priority to begin implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects into the curriculum. Ready and excited about this new challenge, Dr. Jenny Barnes of Waresboro Elementary invited Mrs. Lynn Downs, Ware County Instructional Technology and STEM Coach, to model lessons for both teachers and students.
On Thursday October 13th, Ms. Downs joined the Eagles for a day of fun and learning. One of the projects of the day involved the building of a bird’s nest. This task allowed Mrs. Dawn Rouse’s 3rd grade students to focus on the study of birds and their habitats (science), use play money to purchase materials (math), use these materials to construct a nest (technology), and lastly use pennies to determine the strength and durability of the nest (engineering). Needless to say, students and teachers alike were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the entire project and came away with a sense of pride in the accomplished task.
In addition, a group of 1st graders in Mrs. Brandy Roberts’ class were presented with the task of building a bird feeder. The study of types of birds and their diet fulfilled the Science requirement for the project. Cheerios prompted the mathematics side of the task when the students were asked to predict how many cereal pieces it would take to fill the feeder. By threading the cereal on pipe cleaners, the students were able to work with a partner to make the prediction. Lastly, an art aspect of the project was added (STEAM) when the students sketched a picture of the feeder on a graphic organizer. The actual construction of the feeder added the engineering component to the project. Once again, the students came away with a finished product worthy of praise. This addition to the math and science curriculum will no doubt enhance the learning of the subject matter in so many ways.
Staff members Candace Smith (media specialist), Amber Taylor (4th grade teacher), and Gina Howell (assistant principal) attended the Georgia STEM conference in October to gain even more knowledge on STEM projects that can be incorporated in the classroom. Dr. Jenny Barnes, principal, and the staff alike are very excited to see the many benefits of this exciting new initiative in Ware County schools.
Pictured: Top Left: James T., Top Right L-R: Collin P., Skylynn M., Kate T., Clary K., and Serenity W., Bottom Left L-R: Mrs. Lynn Downs and Storm W., Bottom Right: Kevin M.