On the first day of preschool this year, one of our new four-year-olds told his teacher that, “This is the best day of my whole life!” Education can be magical, and for this young man, school opened an incredible learning portal. As students grow and mature they can still feel excited about learning opportunities. Last Saturday some students from U of M came and worked with twenty of our middle and high school students opening up the world of exploration and development of space. This group, called Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), is a worldwide student run organization whose mission is to enable progress in space exploration. The occasion gave our students an opportunity to have a very amazing day of learning.
On Saturday some of our students presented information from their forensic science course to the Jackson County School Boards Association. Similarly to the exuberance of the four-year-old, the students were excited to present the things they have been learning. In cooperation with the Columbia Fire Department, the students had set up crime scenes and then challenged their peers to figure out the solution. The students presented the scenarios and the solutions, and these educational leaders were also excited about forensic science. This class gives students an opportunity to use the basic biology, anatomy and chemistry foundational elements in a practical hands-on real-world setting. Columbia School District is dedicated to provide our students with a solid foundation for a bright future.
At Columbia Middle School we have students who are excited about learning the fundamentals of engineering. They are learning while they are using hands-on activities and investigation techniques to complete projects and solve assigned tasks. Some of the engineering students are also part of the two robotics teams at Columbia Middle School. The students not only learn about engineering, they also use collaborative team based strategies to learn about robotics and how to program a robot.
These are just a few of Columbia School District’s courses that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our students have an opportunity to learn STEM through inquiry and project based educational activities. These activities are helping all of our students to be enthusiastic about learning, just like our new preschool four-year-old student. If you are interested in learning more about Columbia School District and our STEM activities, please call me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.