BY Taylor Murphy
Nantucket Elementary School
There are new science standards for our kids to learn and we want to gather some materials to help teach them! There are really neat STEM (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics) kits for force and motion that we would like to buy for the members of our kindergarten team. We hope to use the mini-grant money for these kits and other materials for STEM related activities and experiments. By incorporating these kits into our classrooms, children will be able to experiment with tools and see what happens in different situations. The kits will be a great starting point and then we will be able to purchase ramps, marbles, magnets, and other materials to build our STEM curriculum.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
As teachers, we are still learning the new science standards. We are excited to dive into them and learn what the changes are. The success of this project will be very obvious through observations of the children when using these activities. They will learn to problem solve, work together, and the differences in cause and effect.
Benefit to the students and the school
This project will benefit all of the kindergarten classrooms, as each classroom would have its own kit to use. The remaining money would be shared with the team to create a resource bin for us to create STEM activities. We would plan these lessons as a team and work together to build a curriculum based around the new standards. It is our professional goal this year to focus on the new standards, as many other classrooms will be doing. We will build a strong foundation for problem solving and cause and effect that will benefit them in first grade and years to come.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
These kits would be reused all year long and for many years to come! We could reuse all of the materials each new kindergarten year.