STEM Junior – For grades KG – 5
An entrance test will be required to be admitted to these courses.
Theme: It’s a Big, Wide World
In It’s A Big, Wide, World, your kindergartener will investigate the world around them- a world full of technologies that involve both computation and engineering, a world of smart objects, and nature, too. Each week will include a hands-on experiment that brings the world to life while introducing the little student to the engineering design and scientific processes. During class, students will become familiar with various forms of technology while studying topics such as weather, buoyancy, and the animal kingdom. Along the way, your child will also learn computational thinking, math skills (such as 2 digit subtraction, multiplication, and greater than/less than). Each year, our students participate in STEM career exploration; during kindergarten, students will learn about and speak to a Fire Marshall, engineer, computer scientist, and a meteorologist.
Theme: Me and My Family
In Me and My Family, students investigate what STEM is and how it relates to the immediate world around them and their families. The course emphasis is on relationships between people and things; students will learn about the design process by asking questions like, “How are things helpful?” “How do we interact with them?” and “How does technology make our lives better?” Through this engineering and design lens, students will participate in a collection of modules throughout the year that cover a variety of basic science content, such as introductory anatomy and biology, lights and optics, and even an introduction to the social sciences and data collection. Math is seamlessly integrated into all the modules, where students will learn about the grid system and use of scale, basic fractions, data collection & graphing, and estimating and calculating while enhancing their basic numeracy foundation as well. Each year, our students participate in STEM career exploration; during first grade, students will learn about and speak to a physician, architect, sociologist, and mechanical engineer.
Theme: My Community
As a part of the My Community class, your second grader will examine their community as a system. We will explore the classification of living things, the invention process and the effect innovation has on a community, as well as how communities change over time. Students will then move into the study of how they can affect change in their community, tackling an engineering design challenge with real-life application. Each year, our students participate in STEM career exploration; during second grade, students will learn about and speak to a biologist, archaeologist, urban planner, and cartographer.
Theme: My Earth
In the My Earth class, students will examine the relationships between Earth’s inhabitants, and also the relationship we share with the Earth itself. Students will delve into ecosystems, geology, astronomy, and also work as engineers to build solutions for a conservation-based engineering design challenge, learning about simple machines along the way. Students will draw connections between their habits and the Earth’s condition through a local watershed study. As always, the class work will work include real-life projects that connect students with robotics, programming and various technologies. Each year, our students participate in STEM career exploration; during My Earth, students will learn about and speak to a zoologist, landscape architect, and a structural engineer.
Theme: Invisible Forces
The fourth grade Invisible Forces course is all about the study of things we cannot see. The world is full of magic- well, science actually and students will spend their class time turning mystery into knowledge. We will spend the year working through a series of projects that teach us about energy and movement by means of electricity, green energy sources, erosion and movement of earth, and physics. Each year, our students participate in STEM career exploration; during the Invisible Forces class, students will have the opportunity to learn about and contact a geographer, astronaut/aerospace engineer, and physicist.
Theme: Constantly Changing
In the fifth grade class, Constantly Changing, students learn to observe, measure, and then share data through statistical analysis by examining naturally occurring changes in the world around them. Some topics to be studied include: sound and light, geology, phase changes, time/shadows/seasons, and even cryptography. This newfound knowledge is then put to good use through several large projects…Each year, our students participate in STEM career exploration; during the Constantly Changing class, students will have the opportunity to learn about and speak to a climatologist, statistician, and a psychiatrist.
For a more detailed look at some of the content we will explore, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at the NEA progression chart.