3-2-1…Blast Off!!! The Allegheny Intermediate Unit Math and Science Collaborative has been awarded a PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM grant for nearly $400,000 to support STEM Learning in PreK-2 Classrooms and Public Libraries. As part of that program, Mrs. Ravenstahl has received training in the activities and materials to conduct the activities and train the PreK-2 teachers at SPS over the next year. Included in the literature-based STEM activities are 3 Storytime STEM-Packs developed by the AIU-3 Math and Science Collaborative. The activities are centered around a Moon Adventure theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.
Students use computer science and engineering design principles to plan for a trip to the moon, design space suits, plan routes to explore the moon's surface, find astronaut footprints and collect moon rocks, as well as examine the phenomenon of moon phases. Bee-Bot robots are used to develop and debug sequencing programs to address problems. Additional training will continue throughout the 2019-2020 school year and more materials will be provided for the activities at that time.