South GA elementary students get observation experience with STEM lab

School incorporates their first STEM lab

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Students at a Tifton school now have a new and interactive way to learn.

Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Len Lastinger Elementary school are getting real life experience in observing specimens and learning about engineering through a STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, lab.

This is the first time the school has ever had a STEM lab.

A school spokesperson said the students come in every week and choose what they want to observe.

They also have a Tifton artist, Joy Matthews, to come in and teach them art.

The classroom has engineering models and life science specimens. After observing for five minutes in what’s called the fast five observations, the students then write about what they saw and draw it.

“At the end of that five minute time, we choose two people to speak and they have to practice their speaking skills and explain to us what they saw and what question that they formulate based on what they were observing,” said Tracy Ingram, STEM Lab and Gifted Resource teacher.

Students who speak the best after the fast five are chosen as Super Stems. Those students are posted on Len Lastinger’s Facebook page with the hashtag, #SuperSTEM.

Every week the observation could range from science or engineering.

This helps students in observing and recording.

The STEM lessons are different for each grade level and the program is part of the specials rotation.

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