Life Lab

Life Lab

“Teaching children wellbeing and life skills in schools is the best way to ensure that the future generations flourish!” Viivi Pentik√§inen
Life skills are the skill set that enable people to live happy and meaningful lives and reach their potential. People who have sufficient life skills flourish. In this context, a meaningful life is achieved through mental wellbeing, self-awareness, skills for appreciating humanity in others as well as working towards wellbeing in one's community. Instilling life and wellbeing skills in school supports mental wellbeing in children and youth, now and in the future. Life skill education is based on research and methodology for positive pedagogy and positive education developed alongside positive psychology. It is important to teach research based life skills such as happiness skills, strength skills, resolution skills, emotional skills, skills for being present, interaction skills, relationship skills, self-management skills as well as empath…

Finding Franklin Week

Finding Franklin Week!It’s our first week of school! We’re so excited to explore Benjamin Franklin’s life! Check out the exciting challenges our Station Masters have created for Aug. 13th through Aug. 17th.
Engineering/ Technology Challenge: This week I am going to be making kites with materials provided as my challenge. This goes with the theme of Benjamin Franklin because his most famous experiment was flying kites during storms that eventually led to the invention of the lightning rod.
Art Challenge: This week in art we will be doing stamping. We will talk about the printing press,  Benjamin Franklin, and the history behind this form of Art.
Math Challenge: Ours is finding Benjamin. See how many ways you can make a “benjamin”=$100! Use paper money to create $100 as many ways as you can.
Literacy Challenge: In 1722, after many attempts of trying to get his own work into his brother's newspaper, Benjamin Franklin (under his secret pen name Mrs. Silence Dogood) finally got his work publis…
News from STEM Rec
School year 2018 - 19

Dear Franklin Parents,

Welcome to the new school year. My name is Cindy Trueblood and I am the STEM Rec Coordinator for Franklin Discovery Academy. We have some new and exciting things going on in STEM this year and I am thrilled to be a part of it. New people have joined our exceptional team of educators and we look forward to providing your children with even more enriching and engaging challenges.  

Remember, our door is always open (literally) and we appreciate parent involvement in any form. Below you will find ways you can contribute.

We am always available to discuss ways to improve STEM Rec. If you have ideas, questions or concerns, please contact me or Annette via email at or or call the school at 801-785-6500. We would love to chat!
What is STEM Rec?

STEM Rec is a unique and exciting learning environment where students have the freedom to choose which activitie…

Announcing our new Assistant STEM Rec Director

We are excited to announce Mrs. Annette Fullenwider as the new Assistant STEM Rec Director this year. Annette spent last year as the Social Studies Station Master. As Assistant Director, Annette will be working with Station Masters and assisting with student challenges. This is an exciting new opportunity for her and she is thrilled with all the learning possibilities in this amazing school.
Annette grew up in Pleasant Grove, Utah and still resides there with her husband and two kids. She has her Bachelor’s in Music from UVU with an emphasis in Voice. Annette collaborates with Mrs. Allred, the engaged Music teacher, to teach choir and voice. Annette is a talented seamstress, loves cycling and spending time with her family.

STEM Rec / June 2018

STEM Rec Challenges June 2018
Week #1 / June 4 - 8 Healthy and Happy Me - Morgan DeRoche, Team Lead

To kick off summer session, we want it to be all about the students. We will be focusing on how to be healthy and happy by learning about self-esteem, gratitude, good sportsmanship and citizenship. Students will be doing art projects, playing team building activities outside, participating a special kind of scavenger hunt, and lots more!
Week #2 / June 11 - 15 Camping….How and why people sleep outside for fun - Keaton Wight, Team Lead

What equipment do you need to go camping? Students will get to go shopping and decide which camping supplies are essential and which are luxuries. They will plan a menu, learn camping games, hear campfire stories and write their own. They will even learn to pitch a tent.

Week #3 / June 18 - 22 Be Sunbeatable - Rhylee Nordgran, Team Lead
It’s not just plants that absorb and metabolizes sunlight, humans do it too. However, the relationship between sun exposure and he…

STEM Rec Challenges / May 29 - June 1

Schools Out for Summer!! (Except for students coming in June, of course)
STEM Rec Challenges May 29 - June 1
Our hearts are full of gratitude and love for the students at Franklin Discovery Academy. It has been such an amazing journey this year. Before school started, our STEM Team authored a mission statement that governed our interaction with your children. It reads like this:
Why do we exist? To ignite a passion for learning
How do we behave? We love, support and challenge our students
What do we do? We create a rich, engaging and positive learning community
How do we succeed? We believe in our students
From the STEM Team to all of our wonderful parents, we thank you for entrusting your amazing children into our care. We wish you a delightful summer full of great memories with your family.  
Our last week in STEM Rec will be filled with fun activities…...memory books, board games, penny bridges, and sponge volleyball to name a few.  

STEM Rec Challenges / May 21 - 25

STEM Rec Challenges May 21 - 25

School is out Monday, May 28. See you on Tuesday!!
Energy Sources. This week at the science table we’ll be discussing different energy sources that humans use to power their cities. How do fossil fuels compare to nuclear power and renewable clean energy? Are some sources of energy truly superior to others? We’ll then go outside to experiment with solar energy first hand. Students will use lenses to focus the sun and try using a solar oven.
Math Sudoku. Students will play the popular Japanese puzzle game based on the logical placement of numbers. The goal of sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. Playing sudoku can improvement concentration and overall brain power.
Literacy MadLib Mania. Do you think you know your adjectives, adverbs, verbs and nouns? Well come outside with us and put your knowledge to the test! We will be playing a fun game outside where you will h…