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Kindergarten STEAM Challenge

Collaborating with Grade 6
In STEAM class, kindergarten students collaborated with Mrs. Bryk’s Grade 6 science class. First, Kindergarten went to the Grade 6 egg drop. They had the opportunity to see the completed project and to witness the actual egg drop. Next, the sixth grade students joined kindergarteners in their Primary School Science class to build parachutes for Santa. 
 
Students were given the following materials:
Pipe Cleaners
Balloons
Cardboard
Sting
Tape
Paper
Felt


Excited kindergarteners then watched from below as each parachute was launched from the fire escape by their sixth grade buddies. There were lots of cheers and shouts of excitement as each parachute landed safely!
 



TECHNOLOGY and Making

 
At Tuxedo Park School, technology is used to engage our students, deepen and extend learning, and provide opportunities for authentic learning experiences. Our goal is to use technology as a tool for learning, completely integrating it with the other tools we use in the classroom.

There are three levels of technology use:
1. Using technology to do old things in an old way, such as researching articles online or typing a paper.
2. Using technology to do old things in a new way, such as using PowerPoint to present information.
3. Using technology to do something new, such as creating a public service announcement video and posting it on YouTube or collaborating with a class in another country using Skype.

While there is still a place for some traditional uses of technology (our students must learn to write traditional papers as well as produce videos), we use technology to create projects that would not have been possible a few years ago. Our students Skype with WWII veterans to discuss their wartime experiences and use GoogleEarth to explore the world.

Technology at TPS happens every day through a wide range of class offerings. Our Director of Technology and Academic Integration works with teachers to use technology effectively in their own classrooms. She also collaborates with teachers on major technology projects, thereby connecting students’ traditional subject work to their specialized technology class. One example of this collaboration is a Grade 5 Independent Reading Book project. In English, students explore their book and learn how to write about it effectively; in Technology, the students use iMovie to create a movie trailer about their book. Students include narration, relevant images, and musical accompaniment to highlight and “sell” their book and then present their trailers to peers during an English class.

In addition to the technology used in the classroom, TPS is excited to have a new Makerspace, the KMacLab, devoted to teaching creativity, innovation, and teamwork. Students work in the lab during academic classes, connecting "making" to their curriculum; students also have weekly KMacLab classes where they work both individually and in teams on projects. Using a design and technology framework, students tackle projects that teach them basic technology skills such as using software, keyboarding, programing, video, and robotics as well as engineering skills like brainstorming, design, electricity, prototyping, testing, and revising. 

For more information about technology at TPS, please contact Allyson Smith.



Grade 6 STEAM
In STEAM class this trimester, Grade 6 students are developing projects to enter in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program, the world’s largest K-12 science competition.

“Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by NSTA, the ExploraVision program builds problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students have a chance to win $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity) and other great prizes. Encompassing science and engineering practice, the competition invites K-12 students to think ahead 20 years into the future and propose an idea for a new technology based on a challenge or limitation of what exists today. They are then challenged to simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea and create a mock website to illustrate their concept.

Since its inception in 1992, the program has helped more than 330,000 students across the United States and Canada expand their imaginations and creativity, as well as develop interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at an early age. Last year’s winning projects featured a safety device that sounds an alarm when a car is too hot to protect children and animals, autoadjustable eye glasses to help vision impairment, a plane de-icing method derived from a lotus leaf pattern and a thermal energy-based solution to powering medical implants.

'ExploraVision provides a hands-on learning experience for K-12 students and allows them to see the scientific process unfold from idea to fruition. The competition process is also a dynamic learning tool for educators as it complements nationwide education initiatives and provides a unique opportunity for students to practice teamwork, problem solving and creative thinking,' said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director.

Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate or join the ExploraVision Facebook Fan Page at www.Facebook.com/ToshibaInnovation." – Exploravision Press release

You can find more information at: https://www.exploravision.org/
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