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!