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STEM Third Trimester


Utilizing a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Guide,
students will focus on activities about the International Space Station and the role rockets play in its construction.

Students will:

Explore physical science concepts and the laws of motion as they design, build and launch a variety of rockets

Assess how different propellant systems affect the velocity or speed

Build and test model airplanes and rockets

Create a Mars Colony as they learn about NASA's accomplishments and plans for the future

STEM Second Trimester  

We are very excited about our Second Trimester!
Students will explore the World of Robotics.

Here is an overview of the program:
What is Robotics?
Identify various types of robots.
Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes.
Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
Identify trends and forecast possibilities.
Interact and collaborate with peers and communicate information and ideas.
Contribute to project teams to produce original work or to solve problems.

                                    "Learning never exhausts the mind."
                                      Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

Students will continue to explore exercises that utilize critical thinking skills, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning and problem solving.

Research the life of a Great Mind and Thinker

Discover the Law of Levers:  Archimedes

Project for the Gifted and Talented

MHRCA will be celebrating its 165th Anniversary.  Students will research what life was like in 1851 in Flushing, New York and create a written presentation on their findings.  
This will include:
Founders of St. Michael's Church and School
Community Life
Transportation Mode
Political Atmosphere
Significant Events in the United States and New York
Invention Status and Impact on Community
Mode of Dress
Medicine and Health

What is STEM?

     STEM education utilizes the NYS Standards in teaching and the disciplines of Science, Technology Education, Engineering and Math.
        The goal of STEM is to increase academic achievement in Science and Math by enhancing the subject matter and content knowledge through the integration of appropriate technology.  The ultimate goal of STEM is to prepare students for college and career readiness.  We want to help connect the dots so students will realize, "I can grow up to do this as my job."
     STEM will enable students to have a clearer understanding of how to use classroom knowledge in real life, talk to their parents about careers, have a better understanding of what a STEM professional does and how to become one.  The STEM Attitude and Awareness Survey, conducted by William and Mary's STEM Education Alliance, has shown an increased likelihood that students who had participated in a STEM program were more likely to pursue a career in Science, Math or engineering.
     We are very excited about our STEM program. We encourage your involvement. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
       For your information is a recap of our First Trimester.

First Trimester: Nutrition and Exercise.
Below is an overview of the program.
Nutrition: Why is nutrition essential for our health and well-being?
Introduction to STEM: Using your senses
Foods, celebrations, and culture. Impact of Ecosystem on diet
Nutrition Project: Creating a Food Log, analyzing results
Scientific Method
Consumers, producers, and decomposers
The cell and need for energy
The body's need for fuel. Systems of the Human Body
Food Pyramid: How to interpret and apply.
Food groups and the role each group plays in homeostasis.
Comparing simple sugars, complex sugars and energy.
Vitamins, minerals and Fiber
Servings: Measuring weights, liquids, solids, mass
Calories, energy. Weight loss vs. weight gain.
Does exercise make a difference?
Seasoning: Impact of salt on mankind. Do salts and fats get a negative nod?
Apply: Compare and Contrast actual diet to healthy diet.
Problem Solving: Apply Mathematical approach
Determine important details to problem solving.
Analyze and form conclusions: Creating graphs, determining ratios and proportions
Changes in Nutrition over time.
Changes in Nutrition based on changes in the environment.
Understanding Nutritional Information on Product labels.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness: from field to table.
Develop a plan for a healthy diet and create a balanced meal.
Create an action outline, dialogue to communicate what has been learned about a balanced diet.
Careers in  Nutrition
Careers that have a direct impact on our food supply.
Role of insecticides on food supply.
Compare and contrast: high protein, vegetarian and no carbohydrate diets.
Compare and contrast: Weight Watchers vs. Jenny Craig.
How to adapt to dietary changes in a foreign country.
Develop a plan in case of a disaster.
Memories and Food.
Impact of nutrients to overall health: i.e. Diabetes, heart health, etc.
Manipulating how food is processed in order to facilitate a balanced and safe diet: storage at proper temperatures, preparation, presentation, texture.
Self-image and diet. Eating disorders.
Malnourishment and possible solutions.
Develop a space station design.
Diet and nutrition in space:
Ranking of survival items and exercise requirements.