Exhibit Title: “Connecting the Dots: STEM Across the Curriculum”
Grade level and school: Pre-K – 12 Mansfield Public Schools
Description: “Developing the Mansfield Public Schools Literacy Team”
The Mansfield Public Schools has been participating in the Southeastern STEM Network, the Tri-Town STEM Network involving Foxboro, Norton and Mansfield, and planning for the Tri-Town STEM Expo in May of 2014. Simultaneous to our involvement with other school systems, we have been developing and Plan and facilitate a “Mansfield STEM Forum” involving members of the community in a discussion of STEM education and its impact on the community. (October 10, 2013)
Presenters and Facilitators: Katherine Honey, Southeastern STEM Coordinator, Brenda Hodges, Superintendent of Schools, State Representative Jay Barrows, and others TBA.
· Collaboration of Rolling Green pre-school and Jordan/Jackson Elementary fifth-grade students on STEM projects, including Legos Robotics. Rolling Green staff members will engage in observation at Markman Child Care Center and replicate STEM activities with their own students.
Contact: Joanne Jordan, Principal of Rolling Green Pre-school, and Rayna Freedman, fifth-grade teacher at Jordan/Jackson Elementary
Phone: 508-261-7510 and 508-261-7520
· Demonstration entitled, “Access to the STEM Curriculum for Students with Visual Impairments”.
Contact: Joshua Shea, Occupational Vision Therapist, Mansfield Public Schools
Email: Joshua Shea@mansfieldschools.com
· Multi-media, STEAM project entitled, “The Stranger” involving the arts, technology and the humanities.
Contact: Rayna Freedman, Fifth-grade teacher, Kim Holster, music teacher, Mary Shea, art teacher, J/J Elementary
· Power Point Presentation of “The Inventors Fair” featuring fourth-grade students from the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School. Inventors Fair – In the 21st century, we all need to use technology and adapt to rapid change in the workplace. We also need people who can create technology which is critical to the success of the U.S. in the global economy. Fostering invention and innovation is a key goal of the “Inventors Fair.” The fair design is based on the engineering design process and is offered to all grades 3 – 5 students. Students have created projects such as the “Tissue Sleeve”, “The Ultimate Cup Stand” and the “Pet Puck.” A student and parent handbook will be on display with reference to the STEM majors and careers as they relate to the inventions using the Massachusetts Career Information System(MassCIS)-http://www.connectmass.org/stem/workforce.html.
Contact: Rayna Freedman, Fifth-grade teacher, J/J Elementary
· K – 5 School/Community Project, “Einstein and the Relativity of Bees” – a research and design project led by Fifth-grade Teacher, Robert Cote, and his students.
Bees and other natural pollinators are crucial for our survival, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Why? What can we do to help? This project will introduce the students to the world of bees and their importance in our agricultural food system. Students will learn about honeybees, pollination and identify causes for their disappearance. Students will research what we can do to help and develop plans to attract pollinators by designing and planting garden spaces with native plants. Throughout the project, students will be encouraged to explore and report on professionals in STEM fields that can contribute to protecting pollinators. They will design and begin construction of a garden to attract natural pollinators at the Robinson Elementary School utilizing the resources from the community and parent volunteers.
Contact: Robert Cote, Fifth-grade teacher, J/J Elementary
· Student-developed projects, “Inventing Musical Instruments” using the principles of acoustics lifted from the science standards.
Contact: Kim Holster, Jaime Steinbach, Jeff Popadic, Music Teachers, J/J Elementary
· Student-driven musical compositions using the computer program, “Garage Band.”
Contact: Kim Holster, Jaime Steinbach, Jeff Popadic, Music Teachers
· “Body Systems” – a study of the body systems in the grades 3 – 5 curriculum health and physical education curriculum through the STEM lens.
Contact: Jen Graham and Jen Memoli, Health Teachers
· K – 2 Robinson School and Mansfield High School Student Partnership using art to illustrate the benefits of recycling and the start of a “Green Schools” project related to the Massachusetts “No Idling” law.
· Mansfield Community Mural Project is a collaborative community project that involves high school students and will help educate students in all grade levels when it is complete.
· Personal Finance Simulation Software – Personal Finance students at Mansfield High School use Virtual Business’ Personal Finance simulation software to carry on the real world activities of an average person. Students are tasked with finding affordable housing, obtaining and retaining a job, selecting various types of insurance, increasing credit scores, saving for retirement, filing tax returns, and living on a budget. Students quickly learn that their money doesn’t go as far as they’d like and need to make education decisions to maintain their lifestyles
· Restaurant Simulation Software - Entrepreneurship and Marketing students at Mansfield High School use Virtual Business’ Restaurant simulation software to open and maintain their own restaurants in class. The students work through lessons to learn the concepts of restaurant ownership before opening their own restaurants. Students master many skills through the simulation: Conduct market research, Select a restaurant location within a given city, Prepare and analyze financial statements, Choose the restaurant’s offerings and design a menu, Calculate prices for the food items, Maintain a purchasing plan to not overbuy or underbuy, Layout the restaurant’s guest tables and kitchen, Monitor staffing levels and employee satisfaction, Conduct marketing to attract and retain customers.
· Moodle: a Course Management System - Moodle is an open-source course management system used to deliver curriculum to students online. Business students at Mansfield High School use Moodle on a daily basis in class to retrieve important course documents, submit assignments, communicate virtually with classmates and the teacher, and even to complete automatically graded quizzes for instant feedback. Students get the benefit of an e-learning environment while still being in a traditional classroom.
· Financial Literacy Programs – Ages 3 – 4 “Piggy Bankers”, Ages 8 – 10 “Savings Makes Cents”, Ages 8 – 18 “Savvy Shopper”, Ages 12 – 18 “Millionaire Game.” HarborOne Credit Union
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and
· Preschool Partners – Fifth-grade teacher, Rayna Freedman’s, students will set up science centers for pre-school students at the Rolling Green Pre-school. Activities and experiments will include a range of science activities from the Next Generation Science Standards.
Phone: 508-261-7520 and 508-261-1561
· “Jack’s Robot” written by Jordan/Jackson Elementary School student, Jack Homsi. “Alfonse” is my robot’s name. He is made of a plastic, green pumpkin and a lazy susan and a remote control car. The pumpkin is his face, the lazy susan is so that his head can spin and the car is so he can move. Alfonse also is a fan I got from a computer monitor. He even has a cable so that he can chase his battery pack. Alfonse took me three days to make.