I am so excited to be the STEAM teacher this year at HPPDS, and I don’t think I could even dream of a more perfect job, because I am having a blast teaching your children!
What is STEAM?
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics
What are children doing in the STEAM lab?
They are: Inquiring, investigating, problem-solving, predicting, observing, explaining, analyzing, designing, constructing, innovating, modifying, creating, utilizing tools, calculating, graphing.
All of these things combined make my lesson plans pretty much endless. This school year we have the unique opportunity to follow, learn, and document with drawings, conversations, and photos the exciting renovations going on here on the Highland Park Presbyterian campus. Each of the Prek4 and kindergarten classes have walked over to the Hunt Building, and we’ve discussed the upcoming changes and what to expect. Each student then drew in their science journals what the Hunt Building looked like before the demolition. In the upcoming weeks, we will be walking over to view the progress.
Our STEAM classroom is a hands-on classroom, meaning that I like to provide the students with different materials to peek their curiosity, whether it be building materials, rocks, insects, science experiments, bones, bird nests, ocean life, microscopes, sewing table, and yes, even my grandfather’s dentures! I love for them to ask questions, use critical thinking, and problem solve!
Because we are always building something in our STEAM lab, we go through a lot of recycled items. I can always use cardboard tubes (toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap, shipping tubes), PVC pipes and fittings, paper egg cartons, VOSS water bottles, yarn, small boxes, all kinds of tape, as well as consumables like flour, vegetable oil, salt, cornstarch, baby oil, baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring (we go through A LOT of this stuff!). Feel free to drop any of this off in my classroom!
Thank you so much for sharing your children with me.