Aerospace S.T.E.A.M. Academy for middle schoolers
The Aerospace S.T.E.A.M. Academy is an opportunity for 6th-8th students at The Varnett Public School to engage in hands-on, project-based learning of aerospace curriculum through a S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) approach.
The aerospace curriculum will use scientific methods as its foundation of project exploration while integrating math, reading, and writing content with science content. Students will engage in a self-paced curriculum -- with integrated checkpoints -- on the topics of force, motion, energy, matter, measurements, text features, and speaking skills.
The goal is for students to have a unique experience with the aerospace curriculum. To support experiential learning, the Aerospace S.T.E.A.M. Academy will consist of two projects that will integrate into one. Both projects will require researching, planning, executing for S.T.E.A.M.-based projects and presenting the results for S.T.E.A.M.-based projects.
The first project will consist of students constructing a payload to successfully hold an egg, using household and recyclable items. The second project will require students to build two different parachutes to test the landing of their constructed payloads built for the first project.
Throughout the studies of the Aerospace S.T.E.A.M. Academy, students will develop normalcy for critical thinking, risk-taking, collaborating, and problem-solving.
We at The Varnett Public School want to inspire our diverse population of 21st-century future S.T.E.A.M. leaders. The Aerospace S.T.E.A.M. Academy allows opportunities for students to be inspired, empowered, and innovative.