Mr. VandenBos - K-5 STEM Teacher (Project Lead the Way) - WC Petty
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At WC Petty, all elementary students receive one hour of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) instruction each week.
A little about STEM in our district:
In Antioch School District 34, the STEM teacher at each school uses a program called Project Lead the Way. PLTW's units (called modules) address computer science, engineering, and science, challenging students to become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge. Each grade level has a new module each trimester. The module begins with activities for students to explore the subject (science, engineering, coding, robotics, etc), followed by a project for students explore further, and an engineering/design problem to solve, applying what they've learned, at the end of the unit.
If you'd like to learn more about the units, this document gives good descriptions of the units by grade level.
A little about me:
The 2020-2021 school year marks my ninth year in the district and my fourth year teaching STEM (Project Lead the Way). Before moving to the STEM position, I was an elementary classroom teacher (3rd and 4th grades). I love teaching STEM because the subject and activities allow students to solve real world problems in innovative ways! Though the activities may seem like a lot of fun, there are valuable applications for their future!