Center for Academic Success

Home » Posts tagged 'STEM education'

Tag Archives: STEM education

Solar Go Kart Team Stars in Documentary

Check out this behind the scenes look at our 2017-18 Solar Go Kart Team in action!
(Film credit goes to local business sponsor Arizona Electric Power Cooperative )

2nd Graders S.T.E.A.M. Up! at the High School

High School Science Teacher, Ms. Doran, and 2nd Grade Teacher, Ms. Engols, have put their heads together to create a special Friday program called STEAM Up! for 2nd graders who have completed all of their work for the week.  The name of the program is a play on the acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math” used in the education field.  These 2nd graders are invited to the High School’s science classroom, where Ms. Doran and her high school student volunteers have a new science adventure ready every week.

The students listen as Ms. Doran tells them about a new scientific mission and the project that they must accomplish in order to complete the mission.  For example, if the students are on a mission to Mars to learn about the planet, they will need to construct rocket ships in order to get there (paper towel roll and tin foil rocket ships, that is)!  Another adventure might involve an Arctic expedition to study “core samples” and learn about polarity and the age of the Earth.  STEAM Up! takes science and art and creatively blends them together for a fun twist on learning.

Two of Ms. Engol’s students put the finishing touches on their rocket ships to Mars

One of Ms. Doran’s high school students assists a 2nd grader with taping her rocket together

 

Next Week is Spirit Week at CAS!

Students are invited to dress for the wild and wacky theme of the day in celebration of Spirit Week, October 23 – 31.    

Hands-on Learning Takes Center Stage at CAS Douglas Middle School

CAS, Douglas, Science, Egg drop, STEM

Fifth grader proudly displays egg that survived the drop.

Students in grades 5-8 who attend the Douglas campus of CAS Middle School have recently excelled in exploratory learning and educational trips. Mrs. Alvarado’s and Mrs. Peraza’s fifth grade classes conducted an elasticity experiment with eggs constructing differing surrounds which would help the egg survive a drop off a 20-foot structure. Students then had the opportunity to test their theories with an outdoor egg drop.

6th graders pose beside their research posters.

6th graders pose beside their research posters.

The sixth grade classes also continued with project-based learning in their research projects. Students researched famous inventors such as   Alexander Graham Bell and George Eastman Kodak. Later, they recreated famous inventions so that the students could see what they looked like. All of the sixth grade students in Mrs. Robles’ science classes have been working hard on this project for the past two weeks, and projects are now on display for all students to see.

7th graders enjoy their tour of Pima Air & Space Museum

7th graders enjoy their tour of Pima Air & Space Museum

Finally, the students in Mrs. Gonzalez’s and Ms. Paredes’ 7th grade science class went on a field trip to the Pima Air and Space Museum.  The students learned about the evolution of flight and were able to walk around and look at various types of airplanes.  They saw planes that have been in various wars, as well as space.  They also toured to the Airplane Boneyard viewing hundreds of planes that were previously engaged in military efforts around the globe.