Creativity, communication, critical thinking, and a whole lot of collaboration is you will find if you step foot into one of the three STEM classrooms at Pinewood on any given Wednesday. It has been amazing to see how far the students have come in their understanding of STEM and its concepts in such a short amount of time. Students are more and more willing to take chances without the fear of failure. Mistakes are no longer something that causes students to become upset, but instead they are something to be analyzed and learned from. The students are currently working through some engineering units that have them observing materials and their properties in order to design either a hand pollinator, windmill blades, or submersibles depending on which grade they are in. After the students complete these units, we will begin a highly engaging unit of computer coding and robotics. Exciting things are certainly happening at Pinewood Elementary.
Photos courtesy of Rachael Tans