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STEM at Orlando Science Elementary School



S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M., depending on the event, is a phenomenal program at OSES!  Students are exposed to science throughout the week during the designated as well as other subjects since many units are cross-curricular.  S.T.E.M. Days are held quarterly for many grade levels so students are able to dive deeper into S.T.E.M. and spend the entire day learning and growing with S.T.E.M.  Students are exposed to S.T.E.M. through quarterly daytime events, evening and weekend S.T.E.M. themed events, guest speakers, virtual field trips, Skype interviews, and lessons taught by the Curriculum Coach.  Mrs. Trujillo will visits all of the classrooms this year and teach engaging S.T.E.M. lessons as well as support all of the teachers in their implementation of S.T.E.M.  Teachers may pick from the monthly S.T.E.M. theme or ask for a lesson that is tailored to that class.  There are at least eight S.T.E.M. themed events planned for the 2015-2106 school year.  Most will be held in the evenings or on weekends so the student’s families may also participate.  S.T.E.M. is not just something that is added onto the schedule.  It is interwoven into the units of study, goes along with the standards, and is cross-curricular so students learn and understand the topics.

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The Great Soda War of 2015

The Great Soda War of 2015 has begun!  So far all of first and third grade have watched the soda and mentos geysers.  Diet Coke seems to be staying on top since it has shot very far in the sky.  Orange soda challenged Diet Coke during the third grade challenge but still fell short.  The key to an excellent soda and mentos geyser is how you pull the string.  At least that is what third grade learned since a few of the bottles tipped over.  That's ok since it just means there needs to be a rematch.  Which grade should join us in The Great Soda War of 2015?  Watch the website for more videos and pictures.  Want to complete the challenge at home?  Families can check out the soda geyser tube for an overnight attempt at the tallest soda geyser.  Send in your pictures and videos to Mrs. Trujillo and let her know if you would like to check out the soda geyser tube. 

3-D Shapes in Kindergarten

In Kindergarten we have been working on our 3D or solid shapes. Students in Ms. Menoff's class culminated their 3D shapes unit by participating in a STEM Candy Math activity. Students used toothpicks and gummy candies to make their 3D shapes. They talked about how many faces, edges, and vertices their shapes had. They also compared and contrasted their 3D shapes. For working so hard the students also got some free building time where they made houses, rocket ships, and mazes! It was an exciting day in math!