In October, ASD-N rolled out a district wide STEM Bin initiative that saw all K-1 classrooms in ASD-N receive multiple bins of manipulatives used to inspire our youngest students to become problem solvers and engineers. Since that time our teachers have kept the STEM Bin momentum alive by participating in monthly challenges with their classes.
Over 20 kindergarten and grade one classes have participated in each of these challenges by reading, writing, and building. The challenges have included:
Mrs. Noel’s primary’s classroom was a popular spot during the King Street Elementary Open House & Grand Opening held on Monday evening. Students, parents, family members and special guests kept the room busy throughout the evening as they got to experience Osmo Numbers, Words & Tangeams, sling with STEM Bins and SMART Interactive sessions. The Open House portion of the evening ran from 6-7 and was followed by an official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in the gym featuring many dignitaries. Certainly a great evening for a beautiful new school!
The rollout of STEM Bins has been completed in ASD-N and an exciting new competition has been launched. K-1 classes from around the district are invited to participate in monthly STEM challenges in their classrooms and compete for prizes. Teachers are asked to share pictures and videos of their students completing the challenge and their names will be entered into a draw for a prize. These challenges will be sent out via e-mail each month.
Students in Mme. Roy Leclair’s 7FI math class are learning about mean, median, mode and range. Working in groups, students were challenged to build the highest tower they could out of 20 plastic cups, measure the height of their tower in centimeters, table their results for five trials, then calculate their answers for mean, median, mode and range based on previous learning. What a fun activity!
An enjoyable evening was had by all who attended the K-5 Math Night hosted at Nelson Rural School and facilitated by staff members and District Numeracy Leads. All kinds of fun activities took place including Osmo stations, SMART Board Games, STEM Bin creations, Estimation Jars and more. The Osmos continue to be a popular choice of students and this evening was no different as youngsters took turns playing Mindracers, Coding Jam, Pizza Company and Numbers.
Math Fun Night is scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd at Nelson Rural School. This event is open to all K-5 students and their parents/family. The night will consist of Math and STEM Activities including Board Games, Estimation jars, Osmos, Senteos & STEM Bins. This promises to be a great evening!
Max Aitken Academy was filled with plenty of energy and excitement on Thursday evening as it hosted "Brilliant Night". This outstanding event was planned and organized by ASD-N Numeracy Leads Kelly Richard and Kelly Russell and featured numerous STEM and Math related activities for K-5 students, although many parents seemed to be having a great time as well. There were numerous stations set up throughout the building including a dynamic Brilliant Labs display featuring an Interactive wall, m-bots, coding catepillars and more.
They arrived, planned, designed, built and conquered, but most of all they had fun doing so! “They” refers to the students, parents and teachers from Anglophone North School District, who attended STEMFest 2017, which was held at James M.Hill Memorial High School this past Saturday. In fact close to 200 people participated in a “Carnival” themed day of STEM based activities, with the end goal of creating Cardboard Arcade games.