Showing posts from August, 2018

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.