Introducing Children to STEM
Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in elementary school helps children develop a lifelong love of learning. This passion to learn is increasingly important as children go through school.
Euclid Schools’ commitment to teaching STEM could especially be seen this week in two school buildings, the Early Learning Village and Chardon Hills Magnet School.
The Early Learning Village invited families on Wednesday to attend its Winter Wonderland event. Children and their family members engaged in fun activities including building objects like holiday ornaments. It gave the school the chance to show off its Fab Lab, the only fab lab in the country dedicated to students in preschool and kindergarten.
While celebrating creativity and imagination, the event also showed families how school and home are connected by including many activities that parents could replicate at home.
Chardon Hills continues to move towards being a STEM-focused school as it engages students in hands-on learning projects that celebrate STEM learning. The school invited COSI on Wheels to set up its Energy program that lets students experiment with electricity, magnetism, and motion. Children had the chance to build circuits, create chain reactions and move objects without touching them as they become junior inventors.
“We invite COSI on Wheels each year because this program provides engaging hands-on science activities that are aligned with Ohio’s science standards,” said 5th-grade science teacher Julie Wojnar. “COSI on Wheels is a very successful program in our schools. It allows our students to explore science concepts in an engaging way.”
Parents and high school students volunteered to run the different station activities, promoting community involvement in Euclid Schools.
Thank you to families who attended Winter Wonderland and parents and high school students who volunteered at Chardon Hills. Seeing family members and members of the community engaged in schools also help our young learners develop that love of learning.
Euclid Schools will remain committed to engaging your children as we introduce STEM and other programs meant to open up a world of possibilities to them as they grow up and start thinking about careers.
Exploring world cultures
Euclid Schools’ Chinese language students at Central Middle School and Euclid High School competed this month at the annual Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Art Performance Competition. Twenty-three performers presented 12 programs, the most among all schools and organizations that took part. They presented pop songs, dances and ancient poems.
All performers received “Outstanding Performance Award” certificates. They went on a tour of Asian Plaza in downtown Cleveland and ate an authentic Chinese dinner at T.J. Buffet.
“Performers practiced very hard for their shows, and learned a lot from other competitors,” said Chinese language teacher Hong Zenisek, who attended the event with Chinese language teacher Shiyu Wang. “They all did a fantastic job, and had an exciting and fun experience!”
The Confucius Institute is a public education organization set up under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. Its mission is to promote Chinese language and culture, facilitate cultural exchanges and support local Chinese teaching internationally. The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State works with local partners to support programs and activities that deepen the relationship between the Cleveland area and China.
Opportunities like this expose your children to other cultures. That’s important as it becomes more likely they will have increasing opportunities to work alongside people from different parts of the world.
News from the District
Today, Dec. 20, is the end of first semester and second quarter. Grades will be posted on January 9.
Winter break runs through January 5. Classes will resume on January 6. Have a fun and safe holiday break as you spend time with your loved ones.