» STEAM Presentation
What is STEAM? STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. STEAM-based learning involves the integration of STEAM concepts into core subject matter learning in order to deepen student understanding and create real-world relevance in their learning. While studying a specific topic, students interactively explore how it relates to a variety of disciplines. This interactive approach allows students, in meaningful ways, to begin to appreciate subjects like math, social studies, language arts, and science.
Granite Mountain School has been transformed from a middle school to Prescott Unified School District’s 5th & 6th grade campus, but our school has continued to move full “STEAM” ahead with our curriculum.
THIS YEAR’S STEAM NIGHTS
Our students celebrate their learning by hosting quarterly STEAM nights throughout the school year. We celebrated our first STEAM night on September 30, 2015. Over the course of the evening, students and families had the opportunity to explore hands-on STEAM activities, experiments, and games through student-guided center activities. Students explored the effects of water in color and absorption, built complex structural models, and problem solved challenging puzzles.
The implementation of STEAM at Granite Mountain has been made possible through the support of a grant through the AZ Science Center, and they were also on campus Nov.
Our sixth graders hosted the next STEAM night on November 19, 2015, with an Egyptian Museum. Students, parents, and the community viewed the Egyptian projects that students spent numerous hours researching and creating, both in and out of the classroom. In order to prepare for this evening, students had to select a topic related to ancient Egyptian history. They were then required to generate five focus questions to help refine their research. Throughout the process, students used technology and other classroom and library resources to guide their investigation. In the end, students showcased a hand-made artifact connected to their topics and an informational visual aid in the form of a poster board or Chromebook presentation.
This STEAM event culminated with a presentation of the “arts” in the first-ever 5th and 6th grade Granite Mountain band and orchestra concert. Over 200 students participating in these music programs performed in this concert. It was a night of students, families, and the community being immersed in Granite Mountain School’s STEAM!
Our 5th grade family STEAM night was held on February 25th. We explored the concepts of forces and motions through hands-on activities in our cafeteria. Our PTO was there to sell pizza, water, and snacks. During this evening, our band and orchestra both performed a concert in the school gym.
Odyssey of the Mind is a competitive, creative problem-solving, after-school club that is founded on the principles of STEAM. Last year, students worked on a vehicle problem that required them to design and create self-propelled vehicles and a track that would allow the vehicle to overcome obstacles involving incline, going over and under the track, around, over and through something, overcome a gap in the track and towing something. These students named themselves the Future Framers and placed 1st at the Northern Arizona Regional Competition in Flagstaff, with a theme of GO GREEN, which qualified them to go to the state competition in Tucson on Saturday, March 28, 2015. These students and their coach were new to the Odyssey of the Mind program. Despite being “greenhorns,” they competed against veteran teams in their division and took 3rd place at the Arizona Odyssey of the Mind state competition. Congratulations, Future Framers. Way to GO GREEN!
A Historical Re-Boot of World War II
Our students stepped back in time to one of most turbulent times in world history, World War II. Through research, solving algebraic equations and using chemistry to create resources, students have a greater understanding of the cause and effect relationships of World War II battles. Through our WWG (World War Granite) game, students either achieved the goal of their missions, or perhaps change the course of the war and perhaps the world, as we know it today! Enjoy this YouTube video showcasing STEAM integration at its best!
VEX Robotics Competition: Granite Mountain Goes to State Competition!
On Saturday, January 31, 2015, fifteen VEX teams from around the state of Arizona head over to Granite Mountain to compete in a VEX Robotics Competition. In this year’s game, the teams are tasked with moving as many of the 22 cubes of their team’s color onto their side, building a tower from interlocking tubes, and placing cubes in strategic positions for higher points, with each of those tasks earning a point value based on difficulty. Check out our YouTube video for all of the exciting action.
CSI: Granite Mountain Edition
Another STEAM video has been produced featuring the amazing STEAM project: CSI: Granite Mountain Edition. The video is featured on the front page of the February’s Grizzly Gazette.
STEAM Showcase Night
In December 2014,students showcased their STEAM-infused projects in a wonderful night event. In addition, the Arizona Science Center Truck arrived for a special, hands-on science experiments aligned to astronomy. The night ended with the impressive performance of our band and orchestra. Click on the video to view all of the fun!
In November 2014, 6th grade students showcased their STEAM-infused Egyptian project in a wonderful night event titled, “A Night at the Egyptian Museum.” A full article featuring the Egyptian Museum can be viewed on the Daily Courier as well as our website. Please click on the link to view the amazing hard work of our 6th grade students.
On October 16, 2014, Honors students showcased their STEAM infused projects to our community. This video case is a glimpse of the hard work, dedication, and talent of our students.
It’s Greek To Me?
Granite Mountain 6th grade students journey back into time to Ancient Greece. This journey integrates and infuses STEAM to provide students with a deeper understanding of Ancient Greece.