Cooperation and Creativity Pick Up “STEAM”
at Corbett Prep’s Patternpalooza
Intermediate students buddied up with younger students for hands-on activities at STEAM Fest.
Intermediate students and younger students worked together on engaging activities at Corbett Prep’s STEAM Fest.
Feb. 6, 2014 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Students created music on computers, scrutinized fingerprints for arches and whorls and assembled designs from wooden shapes as they visited a series of engaging stations at STEAM Fest 2014.
Early and Upper Primary teachers at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS designed hands-on activities around a central theme of “Patternpalooza.” On Feb. 6, classrooms throughout the East side of campus filled with students from prekindergarten through fifth grade working side by side at the various stations. Each station tied into STEAM education and at least one of the STEAM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
Using the Corbett Prep Field Day model of pairing younger and older students, teachers designated Intermediate students to act as “senior buddies.” The older students escorted their “junior buddies” to different rooms, offering help and encouragement on tough tasks and acting as teammates on Patternpalooza missions that varied in difficulty to appeal to all ages.
“You can try it — it might be fun,” Deeanna Slywka, a fifth grader, told her buddies, kindergartner Jayce Lee and second grader Laney Coyle. The three girls dove into a bin of Legos, following instructions to use the bricks to form numerals.
Legos were featured in many of the engineering activities, as students followed models or constructed their own designs. Other STEAM education challenges included figuring out what shapes to use to create different images, making mosaics, studying similarities and differences in their fingerprints and using a computer program to arrange sound clips in a purposeful way.
Designed to promote a high level of involvement, the activities prompted students to exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills. All reinforced the concept of patterns.
Carrying the same concept through multiple applications also helps students understand how disparate subjects relate to each other as they see patterns pop up in music, math and more.
“You can see the concepts in different disciplines,” said Jennifer Jones, a multi-age teacher for grades 1 and 2.
Students wore lanyards around their necks with the different
Patternpalooza stations they needed to visit, and teachers checked off
each one as they completed their quests. As STEAM Fest wrapped up,
older students walked hand in hand with their buddies, demonstrating
responsibility and caring. They helped the younger children return to class
after building a warm and dynamic community spirit.