MES students all participated in STEM projects this week. Students from Pre-K to fifth grade were able to enjoy challenging tasks that promoted critical thinking and problem solving. Some of the projects included building challenges while others involved experiments. The fifth graders were to build a structure that was at least 2 feet tall. They could only use note cards and cardboard rolls. Most groups exceeded the expectations, with one group building a structure that was over four feet tall! Kindergarten classes investigated how candy corn reacted in different solutions and recorded their observations. All of the students enjoyed the hands-on activities and are looking forward to the next school wide STEM day!
In Chess Club students get to work on critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies while learning to play the game of chess. The students are instructed on basic chess fundamentals and have an opportunity to play the game and learn from one another.
Second grade students worked in cooperative groupings in the STEM lab to create habitat projects. They used recycled materials, animals created using the 3-D printer, and some items from home to create these dioramas of the grassland, forest, wetlands, and the ocean. Students enjoyed presenting their habitats.
Fifth grade students collaborated with MES art teacher, Mrs. Harrelson, to update the spirit rock. The MES spirit rock sits outside the front of the school and is traditionally repainted each year by current fifth grade students.