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Teacher Colleen Jozaitis - STEM teacher  (Send e-mail)

Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year! I am super excited to teach STEM this year.

"STEM is about moving forward, solving problems, learning, and pushing innovation to the next level." Jonathan Gerlach

What is STEM?
It is practicing what real scientists do.
It is an experience that encompasses Science concepts, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
It is where students will learn "How to Learn".
It is where students will become better Science citizens.
It is a place where it is safe to take risks and learn more from what we do wrong than what we do right.

This year In Chelsea STEM...
Third Graders will learn to ask testable questions, engineer 3 products, test their product and then redesign to make their product better. With all of that they will also collaborate, share materials and communicate their results.

Fourth graders will learn to ask testable questions, engineer 4 products, test their product and then redesign to make their product better. With all of that they will also collaborate, share materials and communicate their results.

Fifth graders will be introduced to the Illinois Math and Science Academies FUSION program called You Be the Judge. This program will introduce students to the basic principles involved in chemistry, the application of chemistry as well as the process skills required to create and carry out meaningful investigations. Students will experience the concepts in a lab setting and then have a chance to apply their knowledge and lab skills in a variety of simulations. Students will identify problems, develop methods of testing, and conduct the tests. After gathering, analyzing, and interpreting results, students will make and share evidence based on decisions in a variety of settings.

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This week in class

Third Grade: Students are finishing up their communication component of their Maglev car. Students are creating a Microsoft Word document using a fonts, color, watermarks, and inserting online pictures. The next project is the parachute. Third graders will develop questions that are testable for their design. Student will observe different design canopies, engineer their parachute, then test it.

Fourth Grade: Students are finishing up the communication component of their Eco Wind generator. They are creating a Power Point using fonts, layouts, inserting online pictures, animations and transitions. Then student will be engineering Prop Racers with a new partner. Students will test and calculate the velocity of their vehicle. To improve the velocity students will redesign and test again.

Fifth Grade: Students will be introduced to polymers and explore the physical and chemical changes that they can go through.
Collect, analyze and interpret data
Solve equations
Collaborate with partners and share materials

Fusion Club Wednesdays 3:35-4:50
Dec. 5,12,19
Jan. 9, 16, 30
Feb. 6,13,20,27
March 13, 20- last class

Robotics Club- Sign up after Winter holiday


Important Dates

STEAM night at Chelsea 5:30-7:00


Downloads List

2018 2019 Projects [8/16/2018]


Cool Links

African American Scientists


Dr. Universe

Engineering Go For It


Illinois Math and Science Academy

NASA for kids


PBS lab

Science Buddies

Stem Works


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