GIS STEM

Girard Intermediate School

A World in Motion (AWIM)

The AWIM curriculum joins together teachers, students and engineers to study and build projects, such as skimmers and toy cars.  AWIM activities incorporate the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.

STEM

Fourth Grade:

The fourth grade staff will implement the Gravity Cruiser Design Challenge as a problem-based learning activity.  The design challenge will be presented to the students in a letter from Earth Toy Design.  This project is designed to include a variety of key science concepts which include force, motion, and scientific inquiry.  The students will be working in cooperative groups to create, design, test and modify a gravity cruiser.  The student teams will also be working with community members, retired engineers from Delphi, who will help them better understand the key concepts of this program.  The students will apply their learning as they design, test and evaluate their gravity cruiser.  The teams evaluate their model cruiser to determine if it addresses the problems presented during the test runs.  Then the student will modify their cruiser to improve its performance when retested.

Girard Intermediate School

A World in Motion (AWIM)

The AWIM curriculum joins together teachers, students and engineers to study and build projects, such as skimmers and toy cars.  AWIM activities incorporate the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.

STEM

Fifth Grade

The fifth grade staff will incorporate the LEGO robotics program as a cross-curricular activity with an overall goal of enhancing the Science, Math and Language Arts curriculum.  The students will work in teams for the initial activities which will begin in November/December.  Teachers will introduce robotics with a data logging session.  The pre-programmed robot will be used to generate interest and expose all students to the program.  After this, a select number of students will be chosen to participate in the more extensive task of programming the robot.  These students will also utilize journaling and written reports to evaluate the program.  They will demonstrate the robot’s ability to perform different tasks in sequence using sensors.  This team will present to all fifth grade students as well as the junior high LEGO team and the high school Robocats.

The key Science concepts include collecting data and the exploration of light and sound.  Math concepts include working with various units of measurement, angles, and graphing of data.  Language Arts activities such as oral presentations, writing narratives and journaling correlate with their standards also.

Girard Intermediate School

A World in Motion (AWIM)

The AWIM curriculum joins together teachers, students and engineers to study and build projects, such as skimmers and toy cars.  AWIM activities incorporate the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands on activities that reinforce classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.

STEM

Sixth Grade

The fifth grade staff will incorporate the LEGO robotics program as a cross-curricular activity with an overall goal of enhancing the Science, Math and Language Arts curriculum.  The students will work in teams for the initial activities which will begin in November/December.  Teachers will introduce robotics with a data logging session.  The pre-programmed robot will be used to generate interest and expose all students to the program.  After this, a select number of students will be chosen to participate in the more extensive task of programming the robot.  These students will also utilize journaling and written reports to evaluate the program.  They will demonstrate the robot’s ability to perform different tasks in sequence using sensors.  This team will present to all fifth grade students as well as the junior high LEGO team and the high school Robocats.

The key Science concepts include collecting data and the exploration of light and sound.  Math concepts include working with various units of measurement, angles, and graphing of data.  Language Arts activities such as oral presentations, writing narratives and journaling correlate with their standards also.