The sixth and seventh graders are putting together a Haunted House/Spooky Science exhibit for Halloween this year. They are already working hard to come up with great ideas! The classes can come to the 6th grade science lab and classroom to walk through our “Haunted House”. It is more “Science meets Halloween” than it is scary.
Saint Augustine School is once again among the thirty schools that the Archdiocese has selected to participate in the STEM Expo that will be taking place in April of 2018. Our school science fair will also be STEM based, as it was last year.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), also known as STEAM (which now includes Art), is a school wide and cross discipline initiative. All teachers will participate in the process and grades will be given in all subject areas, including Science, Technology, Math, Art and Language Arts.
The upper grades will create a tri-fold brochure in their Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) projects. Mrs. Soto, our computer teacher, is looking into software that is specific for this type of design. Last year we used the features from MS word, which is limited.
Ms. Augustine and Mrs. Damiano will be teaching/monitoring the science research that is used to create the brochure. Mrs. Soto will be covering the technology portion of the brochure in Computer Class. Language Arts teachers in grades six through eight should be participating in the writing, proofreading and editing stages of the tri-fold brochures and poster boards that are required for the SDG projects. The math teachers in the upper grades should be participating in the mathematical portion of the projects. Ms. Augustine and Mr. Horlacher have already briefly discussed graph research and creation for the requirement on the tri-fold posters.
The SDG’s can also be incorporated into Social Studies and Religion classes. Creating a class mission statement would be a great tool to show the students how important it is to help with these global problems and to demonstrate that we are living our lives as God intended when creating us in His image. The SDG’s are a fabulous resource. Information and resources about the goals can be found at:
Art is a big part of the expo. We informed our teachers to please see Mrs. Katie Apablaza to discuss ideas to do with their classes during their art class time. Ideas that you think would be helpful for a school wide art project, should be sent to Mrs. Katie Apablaza. All art projects should relate in some way to the SDG’s. Ms. Augustine and Mrs. Damiano will forward the art guide that was sent out last year that helps the primary grades with their STEM projects.
Ms. Augustine and Mrs. Damiano attended STEM workshops at the Newark Archdiocese and at Stevens in Hoboken over the summer. The STEM Expo will be the focus of the October 20, 2017 professional development workshop at the Archdiocese in Kearny. “We are STEM driven.”