•      Through partnerships with local businesses, educational organizations, and neighboring school districts, we have expanded our base of knowledge, resources, and allies in learning. We made great strides in the 2016-2017 school year towards transforming our learning spaces and instructional practices. We continue to engage our students and teachers in hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities that promote creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. To follow our efforts in S.T.E.A.M. integration, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) follow this blog!

     

     

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  • Semester 1 Invention Contest

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/23/2018

    Congratulations to Evan Boustead, the winner of our Semester 1 Inventor's Contest. He will bring his invention, The Mobile Work System, to Inventionland's Regional Contest in May. Good luck, Evan!

    Contest Winner

     

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  • STEAM Menu Day

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/22/2018

    On January 22, our staff participated in a menu-style professional development day. Many of the sessions focused on innovative instructional strategies and tools. 

    Hummingbird Kits

    They tinkered with high-tech tools such as Makey Makey and the Hummingbird Robotics Kits. 

    Makey Makey

    They also explored ways to connect literature to making experiences and design challenges. 

    Test

     

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  • 1st Grade STEM Tales

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/19/2018

    Children's literature is a great way to launch design challenges and making experiences. It's also an invitation to be imaginative and solve problems. Mrs. Nardone's 1st grade class read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and then designed beds out of low-tech materials that could hold the weight of the bears. 

    Goldilocks

    Design Challenge

    Design Challenge

    Design Challenge

     Click here to read an article about how libraries are turning stories into maker projects. 

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  • ATTA Girl! Talks STEM Careers

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/18/2018

    January's ATTA Girl! meeting focused on STEM careers. The girls explored www.engineergirl.org to learn about the variety of careers that exist in STEM. We also heard from an astrophysicist and architectural engineers about what a day in their career is like. 

    Astronomer

    Engineer Girl

     We're encouraging the girls to explore their "STEAM Dreams."

    STEAM Dream

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  • Sneak Peek: BAEC Hall of Architecture

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/15/2018

    The 4th grade trip to Carnegie Museum of Art inspired them to create their very own Hall of Architecture. This exhibit will be on display during our Remake Learning Days Spring Showcase. It will feature monuments and other well-known structures.  

    Architecture

    Monument

     

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  • Shark Tank with our Partners in Education

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/11/2018

    To assist our students in preparing for next week's Invention Contest at Inventionland, they delivered their pitch to a panel of our Partners in Education. 

    The Pitch

    Representatives from Energy Transfer, Range Resources, & Starpointe examined student prototypes, asked questions about the products, and gave feedback to help improve the overall presentation. 

    Prototype

    The Panel

    There was no shortage on originality or personality with these students! We'll keep you informed on which group moves on to the Regional Contest...

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  • Face Jugs & Mugs

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 1/3/2018

    Amazing things happen when Art & History collide! Check out Mr. Roth's students' face vessel pottery pieces. Click here to learn more about their origin. 

    Jugs 1

    Jugs 2

    Jugs 3

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  • 7th Grade Sphero Challenge

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 12/21/2017

    The 7th grade teachers offered their students another amazing design challenge this month! They were tasked with creating a chariot or sleigh that could utilize Sphero the Robot Ball to successfully carry candy canes at lightining speed.  

    Sphero Robot Ball

    They were provided with a specific set of materials to use in their design.  It was amazing how each group used them differently.

    Materials

    The students had the opportunity to test their designs several times and make adjustments to increase speed. Click here to watch one of the races!

    Race Time!

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  • ATTA Girl! Takes on the "Sleigh & Slope Challenge"

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 12/14/2017

    During the December ATTA Girl! meeting, the 4th grade ladies accepted the "Sleigh & Slope Challenge." They used a variety of low-tech materials to design the sleigh that would travel the farthest. We continue to be amazed by the creativity and tenacity of these girls! We can't wait to see what they tackle next! 

    Miss Fulgenzio

    Balloon Powered

    Testing Prototypes

    The Winner

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  • Exploring Architecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art

    Posted by Mandi Figlioli on 12/13/2017

    Mr. Rendulic's 4th grade class had the fortunate opportunity to visit the Carnegie Musuem of Art's Hall of Architecture and participate in their pilot architecture lessons. 

    Hall of Architecture

    With the help of teaching artists, the students examined two specific pieces of architecture to determine how and why they had been casted. They then examined various resources such as maps and photos to succintly answer those questions.

    Door

    Miss Valerie  

    They used low-tech making materials to create labels that would help museum visitors better understand the history & significance of each piece. 

    Presenting Labels

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