Silas Wood's STEAM Curriculum Fair

The STEAM 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.
The STEAM 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.
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. 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.
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. 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.
The District already has excellent working relationships in place with many of the areas leading medical centers and research facilities. Critical thinking skills start young for this sixth-grader, and future grades will offer many opportunities.
The District already has excellent working relationships in place with many of the areas leading medical centers and research facilities. Critical thinking skills start young for this sixth-grader, and future grades will offer many opportunities.
“The STEAM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.” -Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto
“The STEAM Curriculum Fair is a powerful tool for teaching and engaging students in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.” -Silas Wood Principal Steve Toto

There was something exciting in the air at Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center on March 2nd. Their annual STEAM 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 STEAM, and it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. 

STEAM is intended to strengthen our economic and workforce development. In short, the STEAM 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 STEAM subjects for a while now, helping to ensure that our students are competitive in the 21st-century job market.  

“The Silas Wood STEAM 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, art and mathematics,” said Silas Wood Principal Mr. Stephen Toto. “The STEAM 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 three projects;

Conflict in Science--Students were able to choose a research a conflict in the field of science

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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