Last week, our middle school students were introduced to the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum.
Students In Grades 5-8 enjoyed hands-on activities in grade-level groups where they worked collaboratively on a challenge, problem, or puzzle. For example, our 7th and 8th graders had an opportunity to try out their design thinking and engineering skills using a website called Tinkercad that turns two-dimensional shapes into 3D models. On Friday, 8th graders were challenged to build a 3D puzzle using Tinkercad to help them in the design process. Students then had to use their designs to test and build a 3D puzzle out of 27 cubes.
Our fifth graders met with Linsly’s Director of Technology, Mrs. Cara Gregory, to learn the basics of Scratch Programming Language. Students are working on a special project to be revealed on Parents’ Day.
Sixth graders focused their STEAM activities around environmental issues last week. Students participated in the Wheeling Water Pollution Logo Design Contest.
Overall it was a great first week introducing our middle school students to the STEAM curriculum!