ELEMENTARY STEM PROGRAM

The Educational Foundation will continue with its third year of a four-year commitment of up to $230,000. 

 

STEM MISSION

To empower our students to become innovative designers, global collaborators and digital citizens. 

WHAT IS STEM?

SCIENCE  •  TECHNOLOGY  •  ENGINEERING  •  MATHEMATICS

Our STEM program engages students in collaborative problem solving through engineering design and robotic challenges. Our STEM students develop cognitive competencies such as...

• Collaboration
• Critical thinking
• Scientific Inquiry
• Design Thinking
• Communication
• Creativity 

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GRADE LEVEL STEM SEQUENCE

Kindergarten
Introduction to Programming and Robots

First Grade
Introduction to Engineering

Second Grade
Programming and Robotics

Third Grade
Engineering Design Process with Robots

Fourth Grade
Engineering Design Process with Robots
Application with Space Mission Challenges

Fifth Grade
FreshINC Entrepreneur Experience

BARRINGTON ELEMENTARY STEM EXPERIENCES

• Engineering Design Challenges
• Robotics (LEGO WeDo 2.0, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, Cubelets, Dash, Robot Mouse, Ozobot, Kibo)
• LEGO – Learn2Learn and Build to Express
• LEGO PreK/K - Duplo Simple Machines and Balls and Tubes
• Computer Programming (Tynker, Kodable, codeSparkAcademy, Hour of Code)
• Circuits (littleBits)
• Family STEM Events
• STEM at Home library kits
• Scientific Inquiry in life, physical, and earth science
• Math structured investigations and open explorations (Math in Focus)
• 5th Grade FreshINC entrepreneurship program

 

 

 

WHY STEM?

“What students learn about the science disciplines, technology, engineering, and mathematics during their K-12 schooling shapes their intellectual development, opportunities for future study and work, and choices of career, as well as their capacity to make informed decisions about political and civic issues about their own lives.”

- Successful STEM Education
A Workshop Summary, National Research Council 2011

“STEM education can lead to productive employment and is critical to the nation’s innovation capacity… all people, particularly young people, need to have some degree of scientific and technological literacy in order to lead productive lives as citizens.”

- STEM Integration in K-12 Education
National Research Council 2014

 

WE HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER SUPPORTING OUR MISSION TO ENCOURAGE, INSPIRE AND ENRICH THE PROGRAMS FOR THE STUDENTS OF BARRINGTON 220.