St. Jane Frances School STEM Program

 St. Jane Frances STEM Program

St. Jane Frances School implemented a STEM program in the 2010-2011 school year, and was  recognized by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as an official STEM school.  After three years, we are still doing fun and exciting projects to engage our students. 
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our STEM program is implemented in grades Pre-K3 through 8. Our goal is to provide an environment where students can explore, collaborate, tinker, and create. Students are presented with real world issues and use problem based learning to brainstorm, test, and implement solutions.
St. Jane STEM Projects 
Scratch Projects    Students have been learning programming through Scratch, a free program from MIT. Check out some of our projects!
Stories: Students created a story that included conversation between characters and a scenery change. Students had to time the conversations so that the characters did not speak at the same time.
Art: Students created art consisting of circles and squares by using visual effects
Lessons: Students create their own lesson to explain a concept learned in class.

Pre-K3 explored the bones in their bodies with a skeleton model. Students viewed an x-ray of an arm to observe how bones inside the body can be viewed. 
Students explored space through models, songs, and play. Students launched paper rockets.
Pre-K4 examined blue prints to see how construction workers use drawings and math to build structures.
Kindergarten used Google Maps to explore with Christopher Columbus. Students determined what supplies they would need for their journey, and how they would create their own civilization on a deserted island.
Students used role play to explore how viruses are spread through everyday contact.
1st Grade is exploring units of measurement from centimeters all the way to more uncommon units such as hands. Students found their heights using pennies and paper clips. Students collected the data for many other body measurements like the circumference of their heads.
2nd Grade used GPS receivers to participate in a Virtual Maze. Students had a GPS receiver which showed a map with flags and walls. Students walked around the field trying to capture the flags. Students used map skills, technology, and problem solving during this activity.
3rd Grade visited the science lab to learn more about phylums of living organisms. Students visited eight different stations to observe groups of organisms and take detailed notes on similar characteristics.

4th Grade used Labquest temperature probes to learn about the scientific method. Students had to find a way to change the temperature on the Labquest unit using only what they had with them. Students solved this problem by holding the temperature probe in their hands, blowing on the probe, and rubbing their hands together to create friction.
4th grade examined the effect of glaciers moving across land by using ice cube glaciers containing sand across a wooden board.
5th Grade are maintaining a checkbook and creating a student-run store.
5th Grade is also working on their physics unit. The students are learning about Newton's Laws of Motion. As a design challenge, the students were asked to modify a pinewood derby car to make it have the fastest speed.

6th Grade students participated in a Design Challenge. Students were challenged to design a useful product using paper clips, straws and tape.
Students created balloon powered vehicles to learn Newtons Laws of Motion during Engineering Week. 
7th Grade students are creating and testing Gliders. This project focuses on the design process, aerodynamics, principals of flight, geometry and Algebra.
8th Grade completed their SeaPerch unit. Students created and tested an underwater robot during this unit. 
Students created skyscrapers during Engineering Week. The skyscrapers were tested for their ability to withstand wind and weight on the roof.