Friday, October 31, 2014

TPS hosts STEM Lab Supply Drive

Tatum Primary School is beginning  to create a K-2 STEM Lab in the Primary Library that will align to the school's scope and sequence.  Below is a great description of the what TPS is attempting to create.

This is NOT your Ordinary Lab!!!

We don't want to make this a lab of purchased items.  This lab will be a "Recycled and Repurposed Lab".  In other words, we do not want to buy things for the lab.  This lab will be a makerspace (Click here for definition) where students will learn to use what they have to create what they can visualize.  This venture will be low in cost and high in imagination, but we need you.  Kids need opportunities to create and this lab will provide these unique opportunities.

Do you have any items lying around your house that you could donate?  The list is at the bottom, and the next section is how you can sign up to be a part of the TPS STEM Lab.

Do you want to help us out?

If so, all you need to do is CLICK HERE  to sign up to donate items to the TPS STEM Lab Supply Drive.  Once you sign up, bring the items to Veronica Wilkerson at TPS.  She is ready to get started building this lab for the kids.

So what is STEM learning?

STEM EDUCATION is a movement in American Education to help teachers and their students understand how the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics impact their world and prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow. STEM is multidisciplinary based, incorporating the integration of other disciplinary knowledge into a new whole. Technology helps us communicate; Math is the language; Science and Engineering are the processes for thinking; all this leads to Innovation.

Students learn by shaping arguments and solving problems in the course of a continuous process of asking questions, experimenting, designing, creating, and gathering compelling supporting evidence. Through the implementation of STEM education and the best practices and strategies it promotes, teachers can construct a learning environment where students are given the opportunity to experience, talk, debate, discover, design, create, and build. They can learn to lead the way to innovation... learning today... making a better tomorrow.

If you are able to donate any of the following items, send them to the Tatum Primary School or call/text Veronica Wilkerson at 903-947-0205 and someone will arrange to pick them up!

K-2 STEM Lab Wishlist

  • Digital Timers
  • glass baby food jars
  • metal coffee cans
  • salt
  • flour
  • rock salt
  • DVD-R
  • band aids
  • bug viewers
  • grocery bags
  • paper towels
  • paper plates
  • ziplock bags (sizes: snack, sandwich, quart, and gallon)
  • terrariums
  • universal pH strips
  • tissues
  • peg board
  • strawberry baskets
  • dowels
  • Old keyboards
  • video games and video game systems
  • tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, nails, screws, picture hangers
  • printers
  • photo printers
  • craft supplies
  • microscopes, telescopes
  • string, yarn
  • measuring cups and jars
  • sand, rocks, clay
  • play dough
  • mind games like soduko or rubic cubes
  • board games
  • Blocks
  • maps
  • old faucets
  • measuring tapes
  • rulers
  • calculators
  • headphones
  • microwaves
  • wet wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • wood scraps
  • pvc pipe
  • toothpicks
  • tape
  • fabric
  • toys, cars, trains, tracks, puzzles, etc...
  • styrofoam
  • paper towels
  • plastic bowls
  • garbage bags
  • old telephones and cords
  • cell phones
  • memory cards
  • flashdrives
  • ligh bulbs
  • copper wiring
  • circuit sets
  • paint


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