2017 Education Magazine

STEM: Academics and practical experiences inspire students
By From the classroom of Heather Fricke
Mount Pulaski Community Unit District #23
Technology Coordinator, M.S. Instructional Design and Technology

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[March 03, 2017]  STEM  - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics - is an elective course taken by all eighth grade students at Mount Pulaski Grade School. The course is taught by Heather Fricke.





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Throughout the school year, this course covers a vast array of content. Concepts investigated during this course include: Digital Citizenship, Online Safety, Email Safety, Bridges, Catapults, Speed/Acceleration, Engineering Challenges (egg drops, chip ship, labyrinths, tallest towers), Data Collection and Graphing, News Casting, Movie Creation, Clay Animation, Validity and Sourcing, Engineering Careers, Skyscrapers, Simple and Complex Machines, Scale Drawings, Communication, Making Accurate Observations, Ductagami, Flight, Public Service Announcements, Lake Michigan Species Diversity, Mission to Mars, and Consumer Reports Testing.

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Outside lab

All of these concepts are investigated using hands-on learning lab experiments. This gives students an opportunity to hone their scientific measurement skills (using scientific tools like triple beam balances, meter sticks, pipettes, graduated cylinders, protractors, etc…) prior to entering high school.


Students also had an opportunity to investigate careers within the field of STEM by attending the Manufacturing EXPO in Peoria back in October.

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2017 Education Magazine

Introduction:  Massive transitions in education 4
STEM:  Academics and practical experiences inspire students 7
First grade can be fun while building dexterity, practical concepts, language and technology skills 8
NH-M 88:  Moving to the 'Maker Movement' 10
The future is now! 14
Students explore 'Food Safety' 19
New Renewable Energy course a practical fit for Logan County Students 21
New Forensics class will spark greater interest in the sciences 24
Great teachers:  Kathy Stoyak and her work with the LCHS Foreign Language Department 26
Not for everybody:  A home-schooling primer for the rest of us 30
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) brings summer STEM Enrichment Programs to Springfield 39
ADI provides national leadership in education 42
Financing a college education 46


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