On Tuesday, February 11th Stowers Elementary sponsored a STEAM/Math night.Mr. Sterry welcomed and presented a slide show to the parents about STEAM and our goals, vision, and mission.Then, the parents and students were dismissed to go to classrooms tocomplete missions based on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) process.Including the STAR Lab, which was a huge hit, there were 12 different learning stations that the children and parents could experience.We had a wonderful turn out with over 150 parents and students in attendance.
Definition:STEM education is the intentional interdisciplinary approach to learning where the core curriculum is coupled with real-worldproject-based learning using the Engineering Design Process to develop STEM Literacy.
Stowers' Robotics team, under the leadership of Mrs. DW, participated in the local Science & Technology First Lego League Robotics competition. The competition took place on November 23rd at Columbus State University. This year's challenge is "Nature's Fury" and teams had to come up with solutions to handle various natural disasters, according to the First Lego League website.
There are three components to the competition: the robot game, the project and the FLL core values. Students must program a robot to perform certain functions in order to receive points, develop a solution to a real-world problem for their project and be guided the FLL core values.The competition included four judging components: Robotics mission's runs, robot technical design, core values and project components.
The team is judged on research,innovative solution, presentation, inspiration & teamwork.
Our Stowers Team came up with the Blaze Buster 2K to help prevent forest fires.
"The Blaze Buster 2K will be lined up around a neighborhood and how many there are depends on the size of the neighborhood," said fifth-grader Xavier Brothers. "The chemicals spray up to one-square mile and it will take fire and heat away from the fire triangle, which fuels the fire."Stowers team scored well and had a great time! They look forward to competing again next year!
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Ft. Benning | September 3, 2014
For his first year as principal of Stowers Elementary School, Todd Kreider said his goal is to tackle any challenges while creating a fun environment where every student can receive the best education possible. He came to Fort Benning from Fort Knox, Kentucky, due to downsizing of the installation. With 24 years in education experience in several states, including eight years as a school administrator, Kreider said his goal is to embrace the school's new designation as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math school this year. With the implementation of a STEM-focused instructor, students and teachers will receive more curriculums and strategies that will incorporate STEM principles in every instructional day, he said. "STEM teaching is a hands-on approach to science, mathematics and literature," Kreider said. "It's an instructional process that is very appealing to most children and engages them in higher-order thinking and problem-solving activities. So far this year, our students have been very excited about the STEM classroom and we look forward to continuing the full integration of STEM processes into all of our classrooms." Krieder said another goal is to allow parents to have more interaction with students and staff throughout the school year."We have many great parents already volunteering in the school," Kreider said. "We can always use more help. So we're working with our PTO to promote more parent involvement in the building."As a former military child, Kreider said he believes a principal needs to have a grasp of the "big picture," yet able to focus on the needs of students as individuals. This includes having a clear sense of purpose and vision for the school, while maintaining a sense of humor, curiosity and flexibility. "In North Carolina, I worked in the public schools near Camp Lejeune, so I have spent the past 12 years working with military students," Kreider said. "I know they need stability, support and understanding because they have a tough job as a military child. It's our job to make sure we give them the skills to be successful at the next school they attend as well as successful in life." Read more . . .