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STEAM Labs at DECS
We have newly revamped computer labs at both Northstar and Raleigh. Taking the place of the previous lab space with its 30 desktop computers we have the STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at Northstar and the Innovation Studio at Raleigh. In each of these labs we have added iMac computers for our multi-media technology focus. Students will be able to film, edit, produce and publish videos as an authentic product of their learning. In addition to these computers we have added 10 ipads for students to use for multimedia projects, group projects, small group instruction, and independent learning. To round out the multimedia focus, there are sets of higher end digital cameras for photography and video capture as well as 55 inch flat panel monitors for displaying and presenting. Students will also have access to Chromebooks for creating documents, emailing, learning about spreadsheets, creating presentations, designing web pages, and more. Our goal was to put 21st Century learning tools into the hands of the students so that they can use them to develop the 21st Century skills of Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Collaboration that are so key for their future.
At Raleigh, Mr. Uselman and Ms. Vatne are piloting a Lego WEDo STEM curriculum in which students are engaged in a STEM driven curriculum using Lego kits. They will be learning about computer programming, the engineering process, motors, gears, belts, sensors, measuring, data collecting, variables, and much more.
At Northstar 3rd grade classes will each have a quarter of the Lego WEDo STEM curriculum. The 5th graders will each spend a quarter learning about Simple and Motorized Machines through a different Lego Curriculum. They will start out building simple machines, move to simple mechanisms, then take those skills and use them to build different machines that will accomplish specific tasks or solve certain problems.
For our older students at Northstar, we have included an HP Sprout Computer which can handle 3D image capture and creation. We paired this with a 3D printer so that students can then print out their creations.
Coming soon will be a LittleBits electrical tinkering, engineering, prototyping set. Students will be able to learn about electrical principals ranging from simple circuits to industry level prototyping.
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