Nov 18, 2015
Villa Madonna has been celebrating science and creative thinking with a variety of programs from the elementary to the high school. Students in grades K-3 participated in STEM around the wing. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The classrooms in the elementary wing were turned into mini-laboratories where students worked to solve problems with iPads; build bridges with toothpicks, popsicle sticks, and gumdrops; build towers using plastic cups, strings, and rubber bands; and more.
In sixth grade, students enjoyed Makers Day. Makers is a movement to encourage students to think, tinker, create, and explore, and Ms. Yuenger and Mrs. Eichmann did an excellent job encouraging all of those thing with the Makers Day they planned. They set up stations for the students to visit. The stations included circuitry, stop motion movie making, duct tape design, and even knitting. Watch as our sixth graders explain the benefits of Makers Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdvSZj5akfA
In junior high, the 8th grade students tried the annual egg drop. Students were divided into teams to make devices to protect their eggs from a fall. The project challenged the students to be creative as they had limited materials to work with. You can learn more about the egg drop by checking out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn8HSyXS8q0
Science is a critical part of Villa's future. Right now, high school faculty and students are working on plans for an engineering course for the 2016-2017 school year, and the elementary teachers are planning STEM events with a Family STEM Night planned, a visit from engineers, and a STEM Fair.
Villa's science program is using new tools and technology to help our budding scientists learn more about this growing field, and we are #VillaProud to share the news about it.