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The Value of STEM – 2017

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Leon Sheffield Magnet ES NBRS 2017

Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School (Decatur, AL). At Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School, students not only have access to STEM in their classes, but each class visits the STEM lab weekly for forty-five minutes. In the STEM lab, students commonly work in teams to apply their knowledge by solving problems or conducting experiments. For example, third graders learned about chemical reactions and designed their own experiments. Fourth graders built a flood barrier to keep a tiny doghouse from flooding when it rains. The students also research, organize, and present group and individual science experiments. The technology class extends the students’ ability to use data and research to present information. Students learn work-place skills in how they present ideas, research, and information in word processing documents or visual organizers.