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Palm Beach Gardens Elementary: From STEM to STEAM

Art is the vitamin supplement to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (from STEM to STEAM) for ultimate clout.
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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.

(See list below of 3 World-Class Scientist in History)

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, April 2014

Sigmund Freud
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Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (German pronunciation: [ˈziːkmʊnt ˈfʁɔʏ̯t]; born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis. Freud qualified as a doctor of medicine at the University of Vienna in 1881, and then carried out research into cerebral palsy, aphasia and microscopic neuroanatomy at the Vienna General Hospital. He was appointed a university lecturer in neuropathology in 1885 and became a professor in 1902.

In creating psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst, Freud developed therapeutic techniques such as the use of free association and discovered transference, establishing its central role in the analytic process. Freud’s redefinition of sexuality to include its infantile forms led him to formulate the Oedipus complex as the central tenet of psychoanalytical theory. His analysis of dreams as wish-fulfillments provided him with models for the clinical analysis of symptom formation and the mechanisms of repression as well as for elaboration of his theory of the unconscious as an agency disruptive of conscious states of mind. Freud postulated the existence of libido, an energy with which mental processes and structures are invested and which generates erotic attachments, and a death drive, the source of repetition, hate, aggression and neurotic guilt. In his later work Freud developed a wide-ranging interpretation and critique of religion and culture.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel
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Alfred Bernhard Nobel

Alfred Bernhard Nobel (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 350 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. His fortune was used posthumously to institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. His name also survives in modern-day companies such as Dynamit Nobel and AkzoNobel, which are descendants of or mergers with companies Nobel himself established.

Alfred Nobel's greatness lay in his ability to combine the penetrating mind of the scientist and inventor with the forward-looking dynamism of the industrialist. Nobel was very interested in social and peace-related issues and held what were considered radical views in his era. He had a great interest in literature and wrote his own poetry and dramatic works. The Nobel Prizes became an extension and a fulfillment of his lifetime interests.

Gregor Johann Mendel
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Gregor Johann Mendel

Gregor Johann Mendel (July 20, 1822 – January 6, 1884) was a German-speaking Silesian scientist and Augustinian friar who gained posthumous fame as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Though farmers had known for centuries that crossbreeding of animals and plants could favor certain desirable traits, Mendel's pea plant experiments conducted between 1856 and 1863 established many of the rules of heredity, now referred to as the laws of Mendelian inheritance.

Mendel worked with seven characteristics of pea plants: plant height, pod shape and color, seed shape and color, and flower position and color. With seed color, he showed that when a yellow pea and a green pea were bred together their offspring plant was always yellow. However, in the next generation of plants, the green peas reappeared at a ratio of 1:3. To explain this phenomenon, Mendel coined the terms “recessive” and “dominant” in reference to certain traits. (In the preceding example, green peas are recessive and yellow peas are dominant.) He published his work in 1866, demonstrating the actions of invisible “factors”—now called genes—in providing for visible traits in predictable ways.

The profound significance of Mendel's work was not recognized until the turn of the 20th century (more than three decades later) with the independent rediscovery of these laws. Erich von Tschermak, Hugo de Vries, Carl Correns, and William Jasper Spillman independently verified several of Mendel's experimental findings, ushering in the modern age of genetics.

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