Breckenridge Middle School has added two
classes in the last two years that target Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math (STEM). Mrs. Carla Giles is teaching a class for the 6th graders
which focuses on Science and Math. Here is what she is currently working
on with her class:
is the acronym for science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
STEM was designed to get students interested in these career fields.
STEM labs provide meaningful integrated activities to engage students in
solving real-world problems using scientific inquiry, content knowledge, and
technological design. We have been doing math labs that focus on math
skills (Mean, Median, Mode, and Range) where they have to demonstrate their
math skills and use research and inquiry to analyze their information using
graphs and charts. Math Labs that the students have completed thus far
are Olympic Medal Count, Math Olympics, Use Your Shoe, Bubble Gum Physics, and
Candy Math. The students are starting a Physical Science lab that will
consist of designing a lighthouse that will light when you use a switch. They
will have to research the lighthouse, current and electricity, conductors and
insulators, circuits, and energy. With their group they will collaborate and
design a model to represent their task and write a research essay.
Landis is teaching a class for the 7th and 8th graders, she will be targeting
the technology piece of STEM.
is a semester introductory course to Computer Science. Students will
explore Computer Science through Google's CS First Club activities using
block-based coding utilizing Scratch.
confidence when using computers
courage to try new things
perseverance when tackling new
a sense of belonging in technology
the impact that computer science (CS) has
in careers and communities
Computer science IS…
theory and practice that allows you to program a computer to do what you want
tool that helps you tell a story or make something happen with technology
discipline that emphasizes persistence in problem solving — a skill that is applicable across disciplines, driving job growth and innovation across all sectors of
skill that teaches students how to use computers to create, not just consume
Thanks to Mrs. Giles and Miss Landis for
their work on creating these interesting classes for students!