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Students at Fickett Elementary School participated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Day with each grade level engaging in hands-on construction projects.
The focus was on the technology and engineering of STEM. Through class discussions, students learned that technology is anything that helps humans solve problems, whether it is an object, system or process.
In addition, they answered questions such as “What Do Engineers Do?” and “What Are the Steps in the Engineering Design Process?”
Papillion Little, the STEM coordinator at Fickett, stated that “STEM projects help students make science and technology connections to real-life situations.”
The 2014 Atlanta Public Schools Technology Fair will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Atlanta Technical College located at 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30310. The Atlanta Public Schools Technology Fair affords students the opportunity to present technology projects to the community and district partners.
If you know a student who would be interested in participating, please encourage them to register by the Dec. 20th deadline.
The tech fair will feature hands-on exhibits demonstrating current and emerging technologies from industry leaders. This event exposes students in grades 3-12 to real-world science and technology applications and will inspire them to pursue careers in these areas.
Students in grades 3-12 are eligible to participate in the competition. Additionally, first place winners will also participate in the 2014 State Technology Fair.
Students must be registered according to their current grade level, but their project may be placed in a higher grade classification if on a team with an older student. Students entering as a team must compete at the grade level of the higher grade of the two team members. Any student on a team, regardless of grade, may compete at a higher grade level but never at a lower grade level.
Hardware (Grades 7-12 only)
Please refer to the links below for additional information:
- APS 2014 Tech Fair Flyer
- 2014 APS Tech Fair Information Packet
- Judging Rubrics for APS Technology Fair
Fourth graders at Morningside Elementary School and scientists at a Georgia Tech biology lab recently interacted with each other during an activity designed to support a study on animal adaptations. Under the auspices of a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Warren Matthews from Georgia Tech’s Information Technology office provided Morningside with a 55” LCD monitor and conferencing software. The monitor and software allowed the Morningside students to view and speak to researchers in Dr. Todd Streelman’s laboratory.
Dr. Streelman, a Morningside parent, discussed his research on the varied adaptations that have occurred in the Lake Malawi cichlid fish population in East Africa. By asking thoughtful questions and making intelligent observations, the fourth graders demonstrated a formidable grasp of the concept of adaptation. Streelman and fourth- grade teachers Jon Bookspun and Kristen Duncan will collaborate throughout the school year so the students can have more opportunities to experience this new addition to Morningside’s technology.
The IBM Corporation and Price Middle School have cultivated a rewarding partnership over the past six years. Through the partnership, IBM employees offer various opportunities for Price students to explore science and technology.
IBM employees recently held an IGNITE (Igniting Interest in Technology and Engineering) technology academy for seventh and eighth grade boys at Price.
This year, sixteen young men were invited to participate in the IGNITE Technology Academy. During the workshop students learned how to program robots, create marble launchers, debug computer programs and re-build computers.
IBM believes the program will help to mold future engineers and scientists who can problem solve and think analytically. Throughout the academy the participants are exposed to many STEM standards. Additionally, the academy also focuses on college and career readiness, a component of the district’s Common Core Standards.
What do you get when you combine science, students and robots? S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)!
Students at Adamsville Primary and Miles Intermediate recently participated in a robot exhibit sponsored by students from Mays High School. The Mays High School robotics team developed and ran the exhibit on site for the younger students.
A wonderful example of APS cluster collaboration, elementary students, who will one day attend Mays High School, were able to interact with and learn from their cluster peers. The Mays High School students provided the younger audience with a glimpse of some of the fun and educational initiatives they will have the opportunity to explore in high school.
During the exhibit students learned about different types of robots, and even had a chance to interact with and control a few of the contraptions.
At the end of the presentations, each student made his or her own robotic creations out of glue and paper. The students used their creativity, imagination and artistic skills to build their idea of the perfect robot.
Fickett Elementary recently held STEM Day on May 3, 2013. The event was sponsored by the UPS Foundation. During STEM Day, falculty and staff engaged the students at Fickett in a variety of STEM activities to allow them to preview some of the programs for the school’s pilot year. Students in grades 3-5 participated in engineering design projects, and K-2 students attended an in-house field trip that allowed them to understand and learn more about Fickett’s robotics program. Students were also able to view technology and science district fair projects, learn about WeDo robotics and engineering in the elementary curriculum, tour STEM labs, and work with the upper grade students on engineering projects.
Atlanta Public Schools and Georgia State University’s Early Childhood Education Department team up to promote STEM!
Georgia State University’s Early Childhood Education Department and Atlanta Public Schools have teamed up to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. The partnership between The Urban Accelerated Certification and Master’s Program (UACM) and M. Agnes Jones Elementary is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition to Teaching Grant titled Teaching Teachers Together: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Success or better known as 3-STEMS.
“The M. Agnes Jones Elementary and the GSU UACM partnership will provide a bridge for all of our students and teachers to become immersed in a quality STEMS teaching and learning environment,” M. Agnes Jones Principal Margul Woolfolk stated. “This partnership is such a wonderful opportunity to prepare our students for College and Career readiness in a way that’s leading them to become globally competitive.”
The primary goal of the 3-STEMS grant is to increase the number of highly qualified teachers committed to high-need urban schools. Project activities include the development of a Professional Learning Site at partnering school M. Agnes Jones Elementary. The site will serve as a hub for certification and professional learning activities including STEM demonstration lessons for teachers, mentorship and coaching, and specialized STEM summer programs for children and teachers. The grant also supports school innovation projects led by teacher-faculty teams and featuring STEM curricular innovations and using data to inform practice.
Since January 2013, the 3STEMS Partnership has successfully implemented several STEM activities including, a school-based STEM Team, coordinated M. Agnes Jones’ annual Career Day to include local scientists, and facilitated Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Student Ambassador program to present engineering tasks to the fourth grade girls to learn about various engineering careers. A STEM Night for parents and community members with interactive, inquiry-based activities was held on April 2, 2013.
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School Students ENGAGE at Georgia Institute of Technology
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School (CSKYWLA) students in the Biotechnology Research and Design pathway had an amazing laboratory experience on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.
The students toured the science and engineering buildings and spoke with undergraduate and graduate students about their daily routines and college life. The CSKYWLA students had the opportunity to work with female graduate students and scientists to view breast cancer cells, load DNA samples in the electrophoresis chambers and analyze different types of cells using highly technical microscopes.
At the end of the session, the Georgia Tech scientists challenged the students by giving them biological problems and data to analyze in an effort to show them how scientists research and investigate real-world problems. They instructed the CSKYWLA group to research and develop answers to the assigned task, and they presented their projects to the Georgia Tech scientists on Tuesday March 5, 2013 on the CSKYWLA
This experience gave students an introduction to Project ENGAGE (Engaging New Generations At Georgia Tech through Engineering). Georgia Tech in partnership with CSKYWLA High School and BEST Academy will provide students with a paid research experience during the summer and 2013-2014 academic school year. Students will ENGAGE in biomedical research, college preparation and professional development activities. For additional information regarding CSKYWLA High School, please visit the school’s website at www.cskywla.org.
Submitted by CSKYWLA High School principal, Termerion McCrary
Fickett Elementary School received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used toward the implementation of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program that will help expose students to career paths such as engineering, robotics, computer science, and medicine.
“We are extremely grateful for the support that the UPS Foundation has provided to our students,” said Dr. Raquel Rimpola, Principal of Fickett Elementary School. “This generous donation will allow us to implement programs that will help support our goal of becoming a STEM Certified School.”
Fickett’s STEM program includes several components. These components provide exposure to project-based learning activities in daily science and mathematics classes, develop innovation through a school-wide Lego Robotics program, and allow students to engage in engineering design experiences using the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program. The STEM grant will allow students to incorporate art and technology through their creation of science videos, podcasts, and clay animation. Students at Fickett will be able to qualify for scholarships to participate in robotics camps at GA Tech this school year and in the summer because of this STEM grant.
The IGN.I.T.E Technology Academy is for the boys and it stands for Igniting Interest in Technology and Engineering. Boys are selected from the seventh and eighth grades to participate. Under the direction of Genelle Betterson and Arnold Dones, the boys work in teams, create vision boards, build structures to solve problems, debug computers and build and program robots.
The boys come up with their own names for their teams and function as engineers to complete tasks assigned to them. Various IBM employees visit them and offer their assistance and expertise to the IGN.I.T.Ers. The boys traveled to the Highlands IBM building and performed engineering tasks alongside engineers in various departments. At the end of the academy, the boys highlighted what they learned in a showcase to their parents and families.
In addition to providing an opportunity to have fun, the boys are exposed to many of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) standards. With the introduction of Common Core Standards, every grade level must integrate college and career readiness.
The EX.I.T.E Technology Academy is for our young ladies. EX.I.T.E stands for Exploring Interest in Technology and Engineering. Under the direction of Lisa Haygood, 1985 Price High School Alumni, the EX.I.T.Ers complete some of the same activities as the IGN.I.T.E Academy boys such as the vision boards and team work to solve problems that an engineer would need to solve. The girls travel to the Clark Atlanta University Center where they tour the college library, visit classrooms, eat at the school cafeteria and meet the Spelbots (the Spelman Robotics Team). The college trip is a great deal of fun for the girls and an eye opener as they discover and learn what college life is like and that they can attend and thrive in college when they work hard and focus.
IBM provides many educational experiences for the students at Price beyond the EX.I.T.E and IGN.I.T.E Academies. They have provided opportunities for students to e-mentor with members of the IBM family, participate in the Introduce a Girl to Engineering in February, Engineering Week activities, and IBM Career Day. The IBM family is always available to support the Mighty Price Wildcats!
written by Mrs. Tammy Rosado, Media Specialist at Price Middle School