As a STEM school it is imperative that we strive to lead the way in providing our students with curriculum, field experiences, assemblies, and resources that embrace the four core components (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). For the last two years we have worked with the Green Eco Warriors on doing just that. Our 4th and 5th grade students have participated in challenges that involve saving energy in school and at home. They have received free magazines and books, most notably the “Save Energy, Save Dinero” book. Our staff and students enjoyed reading it and appreciated the fact that every student got their very own copy. The magazines have useful articles dedicated to STEM topics, activities for students to complete, and contests that challenge students. We got to participate in the interactive assembly provided by GEW dedicated to stopping the infamous “Phantom Draw.” This assembly was up close and personal and really got students excited about saving energy. Our teachers have welcomed the opportunity to be videotaped providing nothing but positive feedback after the performance. This was an opportunity to discuss how GEW has come through with connecting what students are learning in school with what’s going on in the real world. Teachers also praised them for addressing Next Generation Science Standards and touching on 5th Grade CMT Science Topics.
For our end of year activity GEW has invited us to the Riverfront in Hartford, CT at no cost, for teambuilding and nature based activities. We will continue to utilize the services and resources provided to us by GEW and I personally highly recommend them for your school or district.