PHOTO: Students participate in a breakout session at the STEMscopes Parent & Community Event held Feb. 6 at Elm Middle School. District 401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for larger view).
The event, organized by Title I Coordinator/Reading Director Ms. Anne Hufnus and led by Elmwood Elementary School science and math teacher Ms. Morgan Freeck, gave attendees a chance to learn more about the District's science curriculum for grades K-8.
PHOTO: Elmwood science and math teacher Ms. Morgan Freeck presents an overview of STEMscopes at the District's Feb. 6 event. D401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image to enlarge).
More specifically, the event focused on STEMscopes, D401's standards-based curriculum that teaches science through hands-on exploration and inquiry.
After everyone enjoyed a pizza dinner, Ms. Freeck presented an overview of STEMscopes. Her slide presentation, which is available here for downloading, highlighted the curriculum's "5E+IA" instructional model:
► Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate
► Intervention and Acceleration
Attendees then went to grade-level breakout sessions, where parents watched as their students engaged in STEMscopes learning activities.
PHOTO: Elm Middle School students build a balloon car during a breakout session about changes in motion, force and direction. D401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image to enlarge).
"I was happily astonished by the large number of families who came out to learn about STEMscopes," Ms. Freeck said.
"The purpose of the event was to educate our community on science education and give parents a chance to observe their children engaging, exploring and explaining within a STEMscopes lesson. I feel that we did just that! I especially enjoyed seeing the middle school students and their parents take part in a balloon-car building challenge [see photo of students above]. Their creativity and ingenuity was inspiring!"
Thanks to everybody who attended our STEMscopes event to learn more about how our District is serving the educational needs of our students.
NOTE: To view the following photos in a slideshow format, click any of the pictures below. All photos are by Dave Porreca, D401 web/media specialist.