It is time for us to celebrate a wonderful first seven months of the 2018-19 school year! Working closely together with our community has helped to offer our students improved learning opportunities at Columbia Schools. Many of our positive improvements reside under the umbrella of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Teachers have increased their hands-on science teaching by using activities and strategies gained from work with the Battle Creek Math and Science Center curriculum.
Our students from third through sixth grade have benefited by these STEM strategies and techniques. One of the opportunities to engage students through innovative strategies is the Michigan League of Academic Games program (MLAG). Columbia students have been working with Mrs. Thompson and Miss Wing learning math games that focus on computation, problem solving and set theory. During March some of the participants will represent Columbia in the annual MLAG State Tournament where they will gain positive experience competing against students from across the state!
Aligning with the STEM focus at Columbia School District, Columbia Upper Elementary has two Robotics Teams and our Junior High School has two teams that provide our students with an opportunity to use the engineering and math concepts they learn in the classroom and apply it to building a functioning robot. The students in robotics are given a challenge, so they build, program and operate their robot to complete the challenge. Under the guidance of Mrs. Eastman, students at Columbia Junior High School have enjoyed participating in a coding and robotics engineering class that integrates technology, math, and physics into the curriculum. In their technology class, students in Kindergarten through sixth grade have the opportunity to learn coding with Mr. Moore. Students across the district have also enjoyed the STEM applications through our partnership with the Shop Rat Foundation and Consumers Energy.
To support our students in this very important area of STEM, our teachers have participated in afterschool programs: Columbia Junior High School teachers tutor students across the curriculum in their after school program and Columbia Central High School teachers support their students by providing expert assistance afterschool. Ms. Samson recently received a grant from Lowes for two 3-D printers to assist in STEM.
This is an exciting time at Columbia School District! Our terrific teachers and staff members have partnered with our parents and community to provide all of these and many more excellent educational opportunities for our students. If you are interested in learning more about Columbia School District and our positive STEM programs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.