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Second Graders Design Structures with Cranberries and Toothpicks

  The task set before them was to build a structure made with only cranberries and toothpicks to prevent a turkey figurine from falling to the surface of their desks, and the second graders in Mrs. Olson's class were more than ready for the challenge.  This is just one of the many examples of activities students at Kellar get to take part in thanks to STEM education. 

  What is STEM education you say?  Well, according to the National Science Teachers AssociationSTEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.” (Tsupros, 2009)  Needless to say such activities deeply enriches every students’ education as well as brings about great enjoyment when they have an opportunity to participate in them.  




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