Gr. 3 to 8 Robotics and K-2 STEaM Lab

Posted on September 27, 2021 in: General News

Grade 3- to 8 Robotics

Making Robots with a purpose is commonplace at Assumption.  With students from grades 3 through 8 and the adults moderators that sponsor these robotics teams, we truly have an outstanding Robotics Program.
Older students in the past have had to design and program a robot that would pick up various items and stack them to build a tower in a prescribed amount of time.  The return to the docking station by the time the bell rings.   This is not an easy task, when you are in a competition with 3 other robots in the same space attempting to accomplish the same task – each team directing their robots with  programming directions.
We have several teams this year and will be providing more information in the future.

Update on STEaM Lab for PreK through 2nd Graders

The items purchased through the $331,000 grant to improve learning, are arriving and the new STEaM Lab is beginning to take shape.  Located in what was the Toddler Montessori classroom, the STEaM Lab will provide opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.    The instruction for students will  encourage active (often hands-on) experiences that support building understanding and vocabulary, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and reflection.   Teachers facilitate the experiences by creating opportunities for their students to learn about the world through STEaM lenses and by asking high-quality, open-ended questions.   
STEaM integration helps teachers focus on content (what to learn) and processes (how to learn).  For example, a teacher could engage children in recording the weather each day on a chart and creating weekly summaries (three sunny days, two cloudy days) to support their learning of science and math content and also data gathering and analysis processes.
As students dive into integrated activities, they’ll see that the STEaM concepts are seen throughout the world.   Students will also see that learning can come in many forms: asking questions, making connections with prior knowledge, gathering and analyzing data (including observations), and communicating findings and ideas.