Welcome to 5/6 STEM

Each Scholar's inquisitive mind makes them a scientist, mathematician, and engineer.  Science is a natural process of observing phenomena, wondering how the world works and searching for answers in order to make sense of their world. Engineering is a practical way for scholars to explore their ideas and turn concepts into products through trial and error.  

Therefore, science and engineering are ways scholars work to understand and shape the world around them. LJA scholars engage in hands-on explorations, inquires, and projects as they are empowered to explore their natural world and become stewards of the community and their environment.

This year LJA scholars will participate in a journey that focuses on both Science and Engineering processes.  Each semester will provide the scholars with the opportunity to overcome and solve new and exciting challenges.

Interested to see what your scholar is working on today? 

The weekly agenda and classroom explorations are posted weekly on the agenda page. 

Join them while they explore and discover their own genius. 


Laura Jeffrey Academy scholars will be graded based on Assessment for Learning.  For each learning target, students are assessed at one of four levels: Beginning, Developing, Secure or Exceeds.  In order for a scholar to earn an Exceeds, they need to strive for creating connections outside of the classroom environment.  There are numerous options for scholars to strive for an Exceeds, but this process is student driven. 

Students monitor their own progress throughout the learning.  Rubrics are given for major labs, class assignments, and readings to help students self-assess how they are understanding the given content/learning target.  Teacher and peer feedback are also an essential part of raising self-awareness of content knowledge.  Through daily reflections, LJA scholars are able to identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement to ensure they have secured the learning.


    Our Value-Added Principles
        - Becoming resilient problem solvers and innovative thinkers
        - Exposure to technology to ask questions

        - Competent use of technology to solve problems
        - Nurture curiosity and wonderment

    The Practice of Science and Engineering
        Scholars at Laura Jeffrey Academy are resilient in group work and are accountable to themselves and their group

            members through collaborative problem solving.

        Science is a way of knowing about the natural world, and is done by individuals and groups, by characterizing

            empirical criteria, conversing in logical argument and providing skeptical review.

        Scientific inquiry requires identification of assumptions, use of critical and logical thinking, and consideration of 

            alternative explanations.
        Scientific inquiry uses multiple interrelated processes to investigate questions and propose explanations about the 

            natural world.
        Engineers create, develop and manufacture machines, structures, processes and systems that impact society and may 

            make humans more productive.
        Engineering design is the process of devising products, processes and systems that address a need, capitalize on an 

            opportunity, or solve a specific problem.


    Interactions Among Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians, and Society
        Men and women throughout the history of all cultures, including Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities, 

            have been involved in engineering design and scientific inquiry.
        Tools and mathematics help scientists and engineers see more, measure more accurately, and do things that they

            could not otherwise accomplish.

        Designed systems (e.g. traffic flow) and natural systems (e.g. weather) exist in the world. These systems consist of 

            components that act within the system and interact with other systems.
        Current and emerging technologies have enabled humans to develop and use models to understand and communicate 

            how natural and designed systems work and interact.
        Science and engineering operate in the context of society and both influence and are influenced by this context.


This class is extremely hands-on and activity based.  Because of this, each student is expected to be in class and on time every day. If you know that your child will be absent, it is your scholar's responsibility to obtain any missed work either before (preferably) or after their absence.  



Appropriate behaviors helps each scholar and all of their classmates strive towards increasing competence. Inappropriate behavior will be dealt with according to the discipline policy in the Laura Jeffrey Academy Student Handbook.  We will be focusing on keeping students in the classroom rather than sending them out.  Please know that open communication is a necessity to keep the class functioning to its highest potential.  Phone calls home will be encouraged to reassure both positive and needs-to-improve interactions with the classroom. 

Please call the front office at 651-414-6000 and ask to be connected to the 5/6 STEM voicemail.

As always please contact Ms. Morgan morganm@laurajeffreyacademy.org if you have any questions.