Kara Jackson » STEM LAB

STEM LAB

Hello, my name is Kara Jackson and I am the new STEM lab facilitator at Queen of All Saints. Previously, I had a full career as a Professional Civil Engineer. STEM education helps our students develop critical thinking skills, collaboration, and creativity needed for success in the 21st Century. 
    
STEM LEARNERS
  • ask questions & arrive at meaningful conclusions.
  • persist through challenging problems.
  • develop 21st century skills.
  • apply knowledge and skills to make connections across subject areas (math, science, sociology) to solve real world problems.
  • become proficient with technology.
  • learn about STEM careers.
 
I am excited to partner with the students, parents, and staff to make this year great for STEM at QAS!
 
 

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Have a great Summer!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to remind you to complete your 2 STEM assignments and submit them through Google Classroom or Seesaw by the end of the day Friday, May 29th. 
 
Also, I wanted to tell the students what a great first year I had with them in the STEM lab. It isn't ending the way we thought, but I think we learned a lot both in the lab at school and in your lab at home! Remember, there are no mistakes in STEM! We learn from what doesn't work to grow in our thinking process and improve our designs. 
 
Have a great summer!

5/22 E-Learning (Grades K-3)

This week is all about coding. See the attached to do an unplugged coding activity. As always, this activity is in the STEM and Music Seesaw Account.
  • 1. Put your finger on the picture of the child. Make your plan. How will your partner get to the seesaw logo.
  • 2. Color in boxes to show your partner where to move.
See below for an extra morse code challenge.
 

5/22 E-Learning (Grades 4-8)

Choose a project (See links below)
 
1.Create Your Own Code Design Challenge (Engineering Design Challenge 5(1).pdf) Make sure to follow and document all of the EDP steps.
 
2. Create a 3D design of the QAS school building in the future using Tinkercad. Use your imagination and creativity. Let me know what your greatest challenge was and how you solved it.
 
3. Spend some time coding on code.org or Scratch. Challenge yourself. After completing a tutorial, create a code of your own! Let me know what your greatest challenge was and how you solved it.
 
Submit a picture or screenshot of your completed project to Google Classroom. Attach it to a google doc so you can reflect on your project.
 
If you haven't used Tinkercad before, sign in using your google account and start with the tutorials. You can submit a screenshot of a tutorial project for credit.
 
** Note, I am unable to access links to Scratch or Tinkercad projects.
 
If you would like to save your code and add to it from week to week, create an account. You can do the same with Scratch.
 
Have a great summer!

5/15 E-Learning (Grades K-3)

 

This week we are going to focus on the Engineering Design Process As always, this project is also in the STEM and Music Seesaw Account.

Build a masterpiece! See what you can create with items from the attached list. You can work individually or ask your family to join you. 
 
Read or have a family member read all the items on the list.
Collect your items.
 
Make a plan for your masterpiece and begin building. Be creative and have fun? 
 
Describe the process for making it. What was the biggest challenge? How many points did you earn? 
 
Option: Before starting, create a design and draw it before you begin building. Test your design when building. Write down what worked and what needed to change?
 
Why: Children need many opportunities to explore, design, create and build. It is important for them to have time to think creatively, take risks, ask questions and be innovative. These skills are important building blocks to science, programming and engineering skills.
 

5/15 E-Learning (Grades 4-8)

Choose a project (See links below)
 
** Note, All assignments should be submitted through Google Classroom. 
 
1. Face Mask Engineering Design Challenge (Engineering Design Challenge 4.pdf) Make sure to follow all of the EDP steps.
 
2. Create a 3D design of a face mask or shield using Tinkercad. Let me know what your greatest challenge was and how you solved it.
 
3. Spend some time coding on code.org or Scratch. Challenge yourself. After completing a tutorial, create a code of your own! Let me know what your greatest challenge was and how you solved it.
 
Submit a picture or screenshot of your completed project to Google Classroom. Attach it to a google doc so you can reflect on your project.
 
If you haven't used Tinkercad before, sign in using your google account and start with the tutorials. You can submit a tutorial project for credit.
 
If you would like to save your code and add to it from week to week, create an account. You can do the same with Scratch.

5/8 E-Learning (Grades 4-8)

I have enjoyed seeing all of the collaboration and creativity in the STEM projects that have been submitted. I can't wait to see what you submit this week. Remember to challenge yourself!
 
Choose a project (See links below)

1.Tallest Structure Engineering Design Challenge (Engineering Design Challenge 3.pdf)
2. Create a 3D design celebrating Cinco de Mayo using Tinkercad
3. Spend some time coding on code.org or Scratch

Submit a picture or screenshot of your completed project to Google Classroom.

If you haven't used Tinkercad before, sign in using your google account and start with the tutorials. You can submit a tutorial project for credit.

If you would like to save your code in code.org and add to it from week to week, create an account. You can do the same with Scratch.

5/8 E-Learning (Grades K-3)

Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders did a great job making observations of planet Earth just like scientists do. There was some great collaboration and creativity from those of you who took on the Earth Day Engineering Design Challenge. I'm so glad the students are sharing STEM with their families.
 
This week we are putting our architect and engineer hats on to determine which shape to use to build the strongest structure. See the attached for directions or access the assignment in the STEM & Music Seesaw Account.
 
As always, if you are looking for an extra challenge see the Engineering Design Challenge posted under the E-Learning assignment for Grades 4-8.
 
Have a great week!

Earth Day E-Learning Grades K-3

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Easter break. 
 
April 22, is Earth Day! The weather is warming up so let's get outside and learn about our wonderful planet Earth. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade can play some Nature Bingo while exploring outside. Parents, an email was sent with a Home Learning Code for the STEM and MUSIC Seesaw account. The assignments will also be posted in Seesaw and the students can submit their photos and completed bingo cards there.
 
Students who are up for a greater challenge, check out the Earth Day Engineering Design Challenge under the 4-8 assignment below! The Earth Day Engineering Design Challenge has also been posted in Seesaw.

Earth Day E-Learning Grades 4-8

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Easter break.
 
April 22 is Earth Day! Let's celebrate by completing another Engineering Design Challenge. 
 
Students in grades 4-8 can choose between completing the Earth Day Design Challenge, a 3D model of planet Earth using Tinkercad, or earth day related activities on code.org or Scratch (see links below). I would love to see what you are working on. Submit your finished projects under classwork in your STEM google classroom. 
 
 

Engineering Design Challenge

Students, let's teach our families about the Engineering Design Process! See attached for a challenge or spend some time using the coding tutorials on code.org. Feel free to send me an email with any questions or to just let me know what you are working on. I would love to talk STEM with you! Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
 

Coding Camp for 6th and 7th Grade Girls!

At Home STEM and Enrichment Packet

I hope everyone is doing well. I've attached a calendar that includes many of the activities we do in STEM class (K-8) plus a few new ones. There is also a calendar for Pre-K in case there are some siblings at home that are eager to participate. There are two versions that include online and offline activities. Students can keep track of the challenges they complete right on the calendar! Have fun and learn a little along the way!

E-Learning for STEM

Kindergarten-1st Grade Students can practice their typing and mouse skills with these free resources we have used in class.
 
 
 
2nd and 3rd Grade
 
 
2nd-8th Grade Students can work on their computer science coding and logic skills by completing leveled tutorials on code.org or Scratch and then try coding on their own. Both websites are free and accounts can be made so students can save their work.
 
5th-6th Grade (3rd and 4th could give it a try) Another free resource that we have used in class is Tinkercad. Students are able to draw and practice visualization in 3D. 
 
Feel free to send an email with any questions.