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Sign Up for After School STEM Club

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Registration for the After School STEM Club is now closed due to high demand. The club is now full. The After School Club will begin Feb 7 (** please note the date change!) and will end May 23rd (or slightly earlier, space permitting). For more information, keep reading...

 

Is your child curious? Does he love technology? Does she like to create things in her free time? Then sign them up for the PTSA After School STEM Club, where they can explore a wide variety of projects that will expose them to everything from drones, to computer programming, to wacky food science, to the latest in "designer genes".

 

The After School Club will meet on Wednesdays from 2 to 3pm. The format of this group will vary, based on student interest, and could range from a “buffet-style” system where students change topics every week, to a more focused, project-based program when the student tackles a project over multiple weeks. We expect this group to initially form with 20 to 30 students, but may grow if demand from the students and support from the parent volunteer community exists. We wish to maintain a 10:1 adult to student ratio in the club, so we can't do it without your help! If you would like to get involved, please click here to volunteerStudent of parents who volunteer and/or are PTSA members will receive priority for registration.

 

You may register your student through the PTSA webstore, or can click here to download a paper form and turn it in at the DVMS Office. We are requesting a $50 voluntary donation for each student, to help cover the cost of materials and equipment used during our sessions. Each participant must complete the registration package, which consists of this form (either online or on paper) and the PTSA General Waiver and Photo Waiver. If you completed these at registration, you do not need to fill them out again.

 

For more information, please contact Tom Glynn at goldenglynns@gmail.com or Reg Yang at reginayang08@gmail.com

What is STEM Club?

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“Science – Technology – Engineering – Math”

What is a STEM Club?  It is a club started by a group of parents interested in promoting the STEM subjects in a middle school context.  Our goals are to:

  • Stimulate student interest in “wanting to” rather than “having to” take further STEM related courses.
  • Make STEM accessible to ALL students, not just the academic elite.
  • Encourage students, especially girls, to experiment with these topics in a safe, collaborative, low-risk environment.
  • Provide a student-centered, inquiry-based, project-based, real-world, and problem-focused learning environment that interconnects STEM subjects and highlights the ways that STEM integrates with subjects such as Art, Reading, Music, and PE.
  • Introduce awareness of STEM fields and occupations, and to expose students to the emerging and rapidly evolving developments in these areas that will impact their future careers and the way in which we will live our lives in the 21st century.
  • Bridge and connect in-school and out-of-school learning opportunities.
  • Encourage competent, capable citizens in our technology-dependent, democratic society.

What Do You Do in STEM Club? Our motto is “Curiosity Unleashed”, and we use an unstructured, student-led process that asks participants to stretch their creativity and use their critical thinking skills. We’re envisioning a flexible, Montessori-like environment where each child drives the learning and exploration that they wish to pursue.  Each week, we will have a variety of stations set up with projects or tools that the students can explore. This may include forensic science, engineering, 3D printing, food chemistry, coding, or a marble run. The possibilities are endless!

We will also have Chromebooks available for students to watch TEDtalks on a variety of different STEM subjects. This will enable them to be exposed to “out of the box” ideas, cutting edge technological developments, and exciting new discoveries.

For more information, please contact Victoria Reid at victoriareid76@gmail.com, Tom Glynn at goldenglynns@gmail.com, or Reg Yang at reginayang08@gmail.com

Want to know more about STEM? Keep reading…

Into the “Weeds” of STEM (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Taken separately, the four STEM subjects are defined by the National Research Council as:

  • Science is the study of the natural world, including the laws of nature associated with physics, chemistry, and biology and the treatment or application of facts, principles, concepts, or conventions associated with these disciplines.
  • Technology comprises the entire system of people and organizations, knowledge, processes, and devices that go into creating and operating technological artifacts, as well as the artifacts themselves.
  • Engineering is a body of knowledge about the design and creation of products and a process for solving problems. Engineering utilizes concepts in science and mathematics and technological tools.
  • Mathematics is the study of patterns and relationships among quantities, numbers, and shapes. Mathematics includes theoretical mathematics and applied mathematics.

STEM disciplines identified by the National Science Foundation include engineering, mathematics, agricultural sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, psychology, economics and other natural and social/behavioral sciences, computer science, and earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences.

But STEM education is more than just science, technology, engineering or mathematics; it is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with real-world, problem-based learning. At this level, STEM education exemplifies the axiom "the whole is more than the sum of the parts."

“This bridging among the four discrete disciplines is now known as STEM. STEM education removes the traditional barriers erected between the four disciplines by integrating them into one cohesive teaching and learning paradigm. Today, new innovations and inventions tend to be made at the boundaries of these four disciplines, where they naturally overlap. A STEM-literate student is not only an innovator and critical thinker, but is able to make meaningful connections between school, community, work and global issues. A STEM-literate high school graduate can enroll in a college-level course of study in science, technology, engineering, and math without the need for remediation.

STEM skills are increasingly necessary to engage in a knowledge-based economy. There is solid evidence to suggest that the fastest-growing and highest-wage jobs in future years will be in STEM fields and all employees will need to utilize STEM skills for problem solving in a wide range of industries.” – Source: The California STEM Learning Network

To learn more, see the STEM page on the California Department of Education website

How Do I Get Involved?

Are you interested in getting involved in STEM Club and becoming a volunteer? Click here to sign up to volunteer. No experience is necessary!

 

We are looking for parent volunteers for both the ePeriod and the After School STEM Club. We meet on Wednesdays from 1:20pm to 2pm for ePeriod, and from 2pm to 3pm after school. The format of this group will vary, based on student interest, and could range from a “buffet-style” system where students change topics every week, to a more focused, project-based program when the student tackles a project over multiple weeks.

 

There are approximately 100 students in the ePeriod. We initially plan for the after school group to form with 20 to 30 students, but that may grow if demand from the students and support from the parent volunteer community exists. In the Fall of 2017, we had over 90 students enrolled in the after school STEM Club, along with some excellent parental support!

 

The STEM Club ePeriod and PTSA-sponsored After School Club will begin January 10, 2018. The ePeriod will run until May 30, but the After School Club will end at Spring Break (March 28).

 

STEM Club relies very heavily on the volunteer and financial support of our participating families. Students of parents who volunteer and/or are PTSA members will receive priority assignment for ePeriod and for After School Club registration. 

 

For more information, please contact Reg Yang at reginayang08@gmail.com or Tom Glynn at goldenglynns@gmail.com.

After School Club Fun

The After School Club has gotten off to a great start with a lot of 3D printing, robotics, and good old fashioned bridge building! 

 

Here are photos of some of the engineering feats that students have achieved with KEVA blocks!

 

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Wood Tower
And this is an example of Robo Wars!

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STEM Club Drone Video

Watch the fantastic video created by 6th grader Evan Reid. He shot it while piloting the STEM Club drone, and it contains footage of the SRVEF Run for Education as well as other nearby locations. Can you guess where the drone flew?