STEM Highlights Silas Wood Curriculum Fair

 “The STEM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” -Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto
“The STEM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” -Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto
Ryan Wittleder who took home a Silver Medal at the 2014 STEM Diversity Summit. His science teacher Ms. Ms. Abbondondolo congratulates Ryan.
Ryan Wittleder who took home a Silver Medal at the 2014 STEM Diversity Summit. His science teacher Ms. Ms. Abbondondolo congratulates Ryan.
A fascinating inventor and scientist, Nikola Tesla actually predicted the possibility of wireless communication with his devices as early as 1893.
A fascinating inventor and scientist, Nikola Tesla actually predicted the possibility of wireless communication with his devices as early as 1893.
In the Rube Goldberg Project section, Ethan Halle shows how a hockey player turns a light on and off. And yes, it’s not as easy as it sounds… but that’s the magic of Rube Goldberg.
In the Rube Goldberg Project section, Ethan Halle shows how a hockey player turns a light on and off. And yes, it’s not as easy as it sounds… but that’s the magic of Rube Goldberg.

There was something exciting in the air at Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center the other night. Their annual STEM Curriculum Fair was underway, and as students led their families through the welcoming doors, you could see the pride on their faces. Students at the Sixth Grade Center have been focusing on an area that has been getting welcome attention recently.

The nationwide movement is called STEM, and it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In fact, many of our students just competed at the regional STEM Diversity Summit, that was held at Farmingdale State College on Friday, March 21. We are proud to announce that we have a winner at Silas Wood. Congratulations to Ryan Wittleder who took home a Silver medal for his submission;  “The Science of Solar Power.”

STEM is intended to strengthen our economic and workforce development. In short, the STEM arena is where the jobs are going to be and is the subject area in which students need to excel in order to be competitive in the workplace. South Huntington’s schools have been promoting STEM subjects for a while now, helping to ensure that our students are competitive in the 21st-century job market.  

“The Silas Wood STEM Curriculum Fair, is a way of investing in challenging, rigorous educational strategies to guide our students to a greater interest in and understanding of the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Silas Wood Principal Mr. Steve Toto. “The STEM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

Students were given the opportunity to choose one of four projects;

Person of Accomplishment--Students were able to choose a scientist, engineer, or mathematician and research his or her life.

Weather Instrument--Students chose a weather instrument to research and build.

Rube Goldberg--Students were encouraged to preview original Rube Goldberg cartoon sketches and then create their own cartoon sketch using simple machines.  Some students even created a working replica of their sketch. 

Scientific Method--Students conducted an experiment and included all the steps and data collected with photos on their display boards.

The projects were displayed throughout the Sixth Grade Center, and students stood next to their projects, eager to present their findings to the visitors. “The night was a huge success, and we are very proud of all the hard work and effort that the students put into their projects,” said Principal Toto. 

Superintendent Dave Bennardo raved about the efforts of the talented students and the dedicated teachers and parents who inspire their success. “Our young people are demonstrating such creativity and deep thinking as they rise to the challenges of the technologically savvy 21st Century.”

 

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