Elementary STEM

STEM Education

Our elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program embraces 21st century learning through the 4C’s: Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity and Collaboration.

A Typical Day:

Students investigate how concepts of STEM can work together to create solutions to real world problems. For example, this past year our Kindergarteners determined that plants grow more rapidly in a hydroponic environment after testing plant growth in soil, water and air conditions.

Using scientific method as a foundation, even our youngest learners are able to collect data in journals, conduct and analyze experiments, and share their learning process with others.

Concepts:

  • Life cycles
  • Coding and robotics
  • Digital citizenship
  • Google apps and website exploration
  • Engineering structures
  • Circuitry

Resources

Beyond the support of our school families, our STEM Lab would not be possible without the professional development, support and grant funding of Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) and Minnesota Independent School Forum (MISF), Engineering Is Elementary (eie.org), Code.org professional development, donations from Hess Corporation, and STEM-focused programs developed by St. Thomas University. We are grateful for our partnerships with these organizations, as they allow our students to expand their way of thinking, allowing them to do great things!

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