Third grade has been enjoying all the STEM challenges we have completed already this year! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while other occupations are growing at 9.8%.” STEM allows students to increase in science literacy, learn to work cooperatively with others, build growth mindset, and be active problem solvers. In 3rd grades weekly STEM challenges, students go through a process of brainstorming a design, creating their design, and best of all, reflect on the process. Often this reflection leads to students changing elements of their design for a better product. Some of the challenges that students have completed already this year have been making the longest chain out of a piece of paper, building the tallest tower out of cups, creating a string bridge that could hold the most “spider” capacity, constructing apple rafts that float, building the tallest house out of cards, and building the tallest tower of candy pumpkins. Third grade hopes to soon make a drum set out of fruit using technology. It’s exciting to be able to teach these current young innovators, also the future innovators and problem solvers of the world!
Soldier Hollow is proud of the growth its students have made over the last year. Our SAGE results show students made huge gains over the last year as we focused our energy on individual student growth and achievement. We are working hard to achieve a level of excellence while maintaining our charter of place based learning.