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STEM Rec Challenges November 12 -16, 2018

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STEM Rec Challenges November 12 -16, 2018
Engineering and Technology
Spaghetti Bridges. Civil engineers design structures such as buildings, dams, highways and bridges. Student will explore the field of engineering by making bridges using spaghetti as their primary building material. Then they test their bridges to see how much weight they can carry before breaking.

Social Studies
Black Plague. In social studies, students will be learning about the Black Plague and its effects on Medieval Europe. Students will discover how the impact of the Plague created a platform for which the Renaissance could come into fruition. We will be playing a game to simulate how easy it was for the disease to be transmitted throughout a settlement.

Math
Jurassic Math.  Students will be playing a game where they journey through the time of the dinosaurs. To move on the board, students answer 2 math questions on the cootie catcher dice to see whether they can make it to the finish before their teammates.

Science
Fin…
STEM Rec Challenges November 5-9, 2018

Social Studies
Game of the Month - Battleship
Battleship is played on ruled grids on which each players fleet of ships are marked. The locations of the fleets are concealed from the other player. Players alternate turns calling "shots" at the other player's ships, and the objective of the game is to destroy the opposing player's fleet.

Engineering & Technology
Bridge Unit
Engineering is starting a unit on bridges. This week students will be learning about different types of bridges: arch, beam, beam, cable-stayed, suspension, and truss.  We’ll also have a matching game where they match the types of bridges to the picture.

Literacy 
Pictionary - Literacy Style
Is there a way to play pictionary and also practice good handwriting at the same time? There sure is and literacy this week is planning on doing exactly that! Come practice not only your drawing skills but also your printing skills in this fun version of pictionary!

Art
Art Mash…
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STEM Rec Challenges October 29 - November 2, 2018
Renaissance Week School of Athens by Raphael
Social Studies
Welcome to the Renaissance
This week Social Studies will answer questions like "What was the Renaissance?"  "How was it different from the Medieval Era?"  "Who was Michelangelo?" and "Why is Michelangelo's David so special?"  Students should be ready to get their hands dirty as we explore the world of a sculptor!


Science
The Art of Anatomy
Michelangelo was a gifted inventor and artist, but did you know that he had a lifelong interest in anatomy?  In fact, by the age of 18, he began to perform his own dissection. This week in science, students will explore some basic anatomy and discuss Michelangelo’s contribution to this field.



Literacy 
William Shakespeare
When discussing the Renaissance, one must always include William Shakespeare. Often called the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare’s plays were in high demand during the 1…
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STEM Rec Challenges October 22 - 26, 2018

Science
Our Beating Heart.  
The heart is one of the most important organs in the entire human body. In this challenge, students will learn the different functions of the heart. We will also be doing an activity to demonstrate these functionalities.




Literacy 
Lights, Camera, Action.
Literacy is wrapping up our reading unit this week with a fantastic activity. Students will be working in groups, creating their own stories that include all the elements that we have talked about thus far and then acting them out. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Social Studies
Castle Hierarchy
We will be doing a challenge that resolves around learning about the hierarchy within a castle town and then they will be making their own coat of arms for their family.


Math, Engineering & Technology
Balloon Cars 
Math will be teaming up with Engineering and Technology for this FINAL week to build cars powered solely by air. Students will learn the scientific princi…

STEMrec Challenges October 15- 17

STEMrec Challenges October 15- 17
Math
Color by Equation
Solve simple math problems and color the math page to create a picture. This guided lessons helps the students master this concept, focusing on shape, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Having a firm grasp of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is crucial for math fluency.

Science
Blood
Students will learn the different roles of red, and white blood cells. Also we will be learning the importance of oxygen during exercise to help blood move faster we will be demonstrating this importance through an outdoor running activity.

Literacy 
Sneaky Story Makers-
Students in literacy this week will be reviewing all the elements of a story they have talked about in STEM so far and applying them into the fun running game called sneaky story makers.

Art
Egyptian Characters
In ancient Egypt names we're not written with traditional letters they were written with characters we will be exploring those characters …
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STEMRec October 8-12
Social Studies
California Gold Rush!
This week we will be learning about the California Gold Rush! Students will study how gold was found and why people went west in search of it. They will also learn the process of how they pan for gold. They will get to try panning for gold themselves.



Art
Bubble Lettering
In art this week we will be looking at making names with either bubble letters or 3D letters, and shading. It should be fun as we learn a new way of lettering on paper.





Literacy
SUPER SENSES
Literacy this week is looking for people with eyes, ears, noses, hands and mouths because we’re talking about our senses! We’ll be practicing and doing some exercises with some mystery boxes and playing a game! Come if you dare!


Science
Plant life cycles and seeds
This week we'll be talking about plant life cycles. The role flowers play (or don't play), the role of seeds, and plants' ability to clone themselves.

Math, Engineering & Technology
Balloon Cars, Group 2
Math wil…

STEM Rec Challenges October 1-5

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STEM Rec Challenges
October 1-5
Announcement
The Art Station is trying to round up volunteers who know how to decorate cakes. Are there any talented parents out there who would be willing to volunteer a bit of time and energy assisting the art station with this activity? They are hoping to present “cake decorating” as an art challenge around the first of December.  If you are interested in helping, please email Jenale at jenale.ullman@franklindiscovery.org


Art

Paul Klee - Castle and Sun

Art will be discussing a famous artist by the name of Paul Klee who is known for his unique and creative style. Students will be using shapes and paint to make castles reminiscent of his style.


Literacy
UNO
Game of the Month is UNO! Come learn all the rules of UNO and play with your friends at literacy this week.

Social Studies
Archaeology
We learn about cultures from almost every era of time-but how do we know what life was like back then? Let's head to MesoAmerica and practice some archaeology skills…

STEM Challenges September 24-28

STEM Challenges September 24-28 
Science
Photosynthesis
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.

Math
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.

Literacy
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!

Art
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.

Literacy
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
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. 

Science
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.

Literacy
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.

Math
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.

Art
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.

Math
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!

Science
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.

Art
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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

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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 cindy.trueblood@franklindiscovery.org or annette.fullenwider@franklindiscovery.org 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

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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

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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

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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.