Palm Beach Gardens Elementary will be the first Choice school in the Palm Beach County School District to blow off “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) beginning in August 2014. STEAM is the evolution of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) which has dominated the education scene but not without some foresight by predecessors in education from excavation that realize that every living being and discipline requires some form of enlightenment and/or sunshine as its bright spot to thrive and prosper throughout the nations of the earth and beyond. Art is the vitamin supplement to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (from STEM to STEAM) for ultimate clout.
“I am really excited to see students get the hands-on exposure in STEAM in their classrooms every day to get them ready for Choice Programs in our Middle and High schools. This will help prepare them for career choices in these fields that are driving our industries today,” said Third grade gifted teacher, Stacey Sunser.
In collaboration with teachers, administration, SAC and PTA, Ms. Sunser began coordinating grade level STEAM projects while researching the process and completing the proposal this year. It was an ongoing effort gathering information and data about what Palm Beach Gardens Elementary was already doing and coming up with a plan for future growth opportunities.
The school kicked off their STEAM initiative by having a Family Fun Night including tons of STEAM projects and experiments. Art teacher Kathy Adkins lent a helping hand creating STEAM inspired artwork with students. In addition, Elizabeth Hoke entertained students and families with her Drum Club performers throughout the evening. Recycled drumhead artwork is on display in school hallways for everyone to enjoy.
Moving on to August of this year,”the little school that CAN in PBC” (Palm Beach Gardens Elementary) is going “full STEAM ahead” with the addition of their hydroponic garden. As part of their integrated science curriculum, the grade 5 students are growing various vegetables to harvest this spring. Students in Jennifer Haylett’s kindergarten class also helped the 5th graders “exterminate” aphids naturally by releasing lady bugs into the garden area. The students are reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and making text to self- connections by demonstrating how ladybugs eat aphids and help the vegetables thrive.
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REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, April 2014