School 3 assembly promotes creativity, science

New Horizons

Earlier this month, Dr. Mike Jabot from the State University of New York at Fredonia and Amanda Kulig, Dunkirk City Schools district elementary STEM coach, hosted at School 3 the first STEM-tastic Afternoon. From 12:30 until the end of the day, all grade levels K-5 participated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. The event kick-started with an assembly leading into a grade level break focusing on different science themes.

¯ Kindergarten focused on weather and clouds and created contrails (clouds made from airplanes).

¯ First grade engaged in kinesthetic learning activities focusing on habitats and the importance of adapting to survive.

¯ Second grade explored states of matter and created oobleck, a matter that has both liquid and solid properties.

¯ Third grade participated in a water challenge focusing on water conservation.

¯ Fourth grade experimented with aerosols and how they affect our skies.

¯ Fifth grade focused on force and motion and built foam gliders changing the front end weight to determine travel and distance.

STEM education is beneficial because it is the world that surrounds us every day, Kulig said. It provides students with 21st century learning skills such as problem-solving, perseverance, creativity, social skills, collaboration, and technology literacy.

These skills will provide successful futures for our students in the Dunkirk City School District, and the best part is they love it! Many of them stated, “This is the best day ever.”