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3D Printing!!!

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Good Afternoon FDA Families,

I wanted to share our newest addition to STEM Rec and the Science and Math Labs...a New Matter 3D Printer.  Thanks to our totally awesome FSO and their Teacher Grant program we were able to purchase a brand new 3D printer and additional filament refills.  We were able to complete our first test runs and created small keychains of the New Matter symbol.

As you can imagine the students are EXTREMELY excited!  In the 40 minutes they experienced the 3D printer several fifth and sixth graders came up with wonderful ideas for builds.  Teachers and Coaches are already working out plans and activities the students can work through related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (yay STEAM!), all while using the 3D printer.

Thank you all for your support of your children and our school!  I cannot say enough how much we appreciate you.  We are so looking forward to so many great projects in 2018!








STEM Rec Challenges / January 2 -5, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges January 2 - 5, 2018
Science Sight Focus Challenge.  This week we'll be talking about our sense of sight. The cone cells and rod cells in our eyes give us the ability to detect light, movement, and color. We'll be talking about their different contributions to our sight.
Literacy - Spelling with a twist. This week we are going to play twister with a twist! Before you land on a spot, you have to spell a word correctly.
Social Studies Empathy and Kindness., This week, Social Studies will host a Wellness challenge! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in someone else's shoes? To see life from your friend, parent or sibling’s point of view? Well this week you can……..come learn about empathy and kindness!!
Engineering Snap Circuits. Students will be reviewing / continuing their work with snap circuits.  
Math. Fraction Practice. In math students will be learning about fractions and how they work.  Students will use playdough to make a circle and practi…

STEM Rec Challenges / December 18 - 22

Wishing you a season of gladness, a season of cheer and to top it all off -- a wonderful year !
Happy Holidays to all of you from the STEM Rec team at FDA
STEM Rec Challenges December 18 - 22
Science Touch Focus Challenge.  We can learn a lot about an object through a single touch. This is possible because of the many different nerve cell types we have in and under our skin. We'll talk about where these nerve cells are concentrated and what that means for our brains.
Literacy - All aboard the Polar Express. Students will participating in activities centered around the book, The Polar Express. Will they be able to hear the magic Christmas bell? There will be games, puzzles and even a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows!!
Social Studies Givers Unite. You’ve surely heard of Santa Claus, but he’s not the only generous character this time of year.  Let us introduce you to some new-to-you winter-time gift givers from around the world.
Engineering Gift Workshop. Creativity and ingenuity will be in d…

Dinostars, the Musical

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Dinostars, the musical, will be presented by the First and Second Grades during the next block. (Jan-Feb) Sadly, we couldn’t fit all the younger students into the Christmas Musical, so, the next block will be dedicated just to them.

Thank you for all your support!

STEM Rec / December 11 -15

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STEM Rec Challenges December 11 - 15
Science Hearing Focus Challenge. We have a single mouth and nose, but two ears. Do we benefit from hearing in stereo? We're going to experiment to see if two ears are really better than one and compare our ears to some animal super-hearers.
Literacy - Morgan D Letter Writing.  In literacy this week students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills as they write letters to those who might need a pick-me-up. In the spirit of the holiday season, students will have the chance to brighten the lives of others such as children in the hospital or military members serving away from their families. Tis the season to spread some warmth into the world!
Social Studies Chinese mythology.  When I say ‘dragons’ you probably think King Arthur.  When you hear about gods and monsters Ancient Greece likely comes to mind.  Perhaps we should stay in China another week and open up a new world of mythology.
Engineering / Math / Art Foxville Christmas Villag…