A unique collaboration between PS Arts and PS Science brought a 12 week pilot STEAM curriculum to Martin Luther King Elementary third grade classes in Compton this spring. Students approached learning a key set of vocabulary words and science themes using hands-on science investigations and dance movements. In a culminating lesson, student groups worked together to choreograph routines demonstrating their understanding of the science topics.
On a foggy St. Patrick’s Day, the third grade students and teachers from William Green elementary boarded their boat to head out to sea for a morning of ocean adventure. For most of the students it was their first time on a boat and their first exposure to the vast, open ocean. Students were nervous and excited, anticipating what they might see. While a whale sighting eluded them, they were thrilled with the dolphins and sea birds that escorted them boat-side for much of the journey. This was a day that will not be forgotten!
Students in 5th grade worked with red, green and cyan lights to discover how different wavelengths of light combine to make white light.
Using the resources and mentorship provided by PS Science, classroom teachers who had previously struggled to find a way to teach hands-on science, are now finding that their weekly PS Science lessons are strengthening their connection to their students and bringing a culture of curiosity and engagement to their classrooms!
The PS Science 5th grade classes recently completed a unit exploring how our water supplies in Los Angeles are impacted by natural drought as well as human influenced circumstances. They discovered the connection between the topography of California, the LA aqueduct and the aquifers and groundcovers in our cities.