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STEM Challenges September 24-28

STEM Challenges September 24-28 
Plants are autotrophs which means they are able to make their own food. Plants combine energy from sunlight with carbon dioxide in the air to produce sugar in a process called photosynthesis. We're going to learn the basics of photosynthesis and talk about the pigment that makes it possible: chlorophyll.

Build Geometric Shapes
Students will learn the names of geometric shapes and become familiar with what they look like. They will be given a set of cards (2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes) to build using toothpicks and marshmallows.

Characters and setting in stories
This week we are talking about characters and settings. How are they different? How do they contribute to a story’s tone and mood? We need some students with strong imaginations to come and create their own characters for a story by playing a fun game. Be careful though, there is a twist!

Native American Shields
In art this week we will be talk…

STEM REC Challenges September 17 - 21

STEM REC Challenges September 17 - 21
Engineering and Technology
Lego Craze! 
Our Lego challenge cards are getting more complicated. Come visit us if you haven’t had a chance.

Social Studies
Navajo Code Talkers
Students will learn about the Navajo Code Talkers and their significant impact in World War II. After, they will use the Navajo Code Talker dictionary to decipher codes, and then have the chance to make their own codes to be deciphered by other students.

Central Messages in a Story
Literacy will continue exploring stories. Students will find out more about how to improve reading comprehension by understanding a story's central message and plot. Students will be going on a scavenger hunt to find clues about  popular movies and seeing how well they know them by playing a matching game!

Art Games
This week we are going to play games that involve art. Bring your best drawing skills, creativity, and imagination. You’ll need all three. 

Plant Kingdom
The plant kingdom is one…

STEM REC Challenges September 10 - 14

STEM REC Challenges September 10 - 14
Engineering and Technology
Lego Mania
Engineering will be conducting a 3 week unit on Legos.  We will start this week with a basic Lego building game. Students will receive cards with instructions of something to build and they will have a certain amount of time to complete what is on their card. The goal is to see how many challenge cards they can get through in the time allotted and how creative they can be.  This fun game will prepare them for more advanced Lego building in the weeks to follow.

Social Studies
Patriots Day
September 11th will remain seared into the minds of many Americans. What happened and how did people respond? We’ll learn about that day and provide an optional take home challenge where students can ask their parents about their 9/11 experiences.

Creative Details
Students will dive a little deeper into stories because we are focusing on all the juicy details that make up good stories! We are playing a guessing game and…

STEM Rec Challenges September 4 - 7, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges September 4 - 7, 2018

Social Studies
Archery and Teepees
The Plains Indians refers to the Native American tribe who lived in the Great Plains…. the vast area between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. They were farmers and hunter-gatherers. The Indians of the Great Plains were known for living in teepees while on their hunting expeditions. Students will be practicing their “archery” skills with a game and decorating teepees.

Game of the Month
New this year!! The first week of every month, STEM will introduce a game at one of our stations. The Math Station will kick us off in September, teaching Bang!, a Wild West-themed social deduction card game that goes along with our first term theme, the American Frontier. After the introductory week, all games will move over to the Self-Directed area where it will be available for the rest of the month.

Basket Weaving
Students will be exploring weaving this week. Weaving is an ancient form of basket making which in…

STEM Rec Challenges August 27 - 31, 2018

STEM Rec Challenges  August 27 - 31, 2018

Social Studies
Exploring West
After the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark led The Corps of Discovery on an expedition into the great unsettled west. Students will learn about these brave explores and conduct their own expedition into the play structure.

Hot Air Balloons
Math will focus on principles of strategy as students play the hot air balloon game. Players cut ropes and the person to cut the last rope wins a free ride!

Plate Tectonics
Earth's crust is divided into sections called tectonic plates. These plates slowly drift changing the landscape as they move. We'll learn about the different types of faults that form between plates and the formations that result. We'll also address the ring of fire and earthquakes.

Engineering and Technology
More Snap Circuits
Week two of snap circuits! Students who have not had a chance to start may start, students who have already started working can continue where they are.


Welcome Week

Welcome Back to School! We are all feeling the excitement, energy, and chaos that comes with the first week of school. We are looking forward to sharing this new school year with you, and have some exciting challenges to kick off the first week!
Wellness Mindfulness Center. New this year in STEM is the Mindfulness Center. Literacy will introduce this area, explain when students can use it and why it is important.  Students will play a game, talk about emotions, discuss how to take care of themselves, and even do a little yoga! All students will benefit from the tools taught in this center.
Art station Franklin Discovery Patchwork Quilt. Students will create a get to know you patchwork quilt. This is a collaborative project with all students drawing pictures of their favorite things and combining them to make one giant quilt.  Stop on over  and tell us all about you.
Technology Snap Circuits. For the next few weeks students will learn how to connect circuits and see the movement of energy. T…

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…

STEM Rec Challenges / May 14 - 18

STEM Rec Challenges May 14 - 18

Science Healthy Teeth. Scientific research has shown that healthy teeth have an important effect on our diet, health and overall sense of well-being. Healthy teeth cannot be taken for granted. Students will learn the names of each tooth, how to take care of them and how healthy diet choices keep them strong.  
Wellness Good Sportsmanship. Students will need their running shoes and kind hearts for this wellness challenge. They will be discussing good sportsmanship and what being a good friend means. They will then play a game of tag with a partner to practice their friendship skills. Technology Binary Code. How does the computer know what I want it to do? Students will be learning binary code then code and decode messages to each other.
Music Drum Circle. Grab a drum and join us outside this week!  We’ll have fun keeping time and learning rhythms.
Art Gustav Klimt. Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the prominent members of the Vienna Secession…