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ROBERT DRUMMOND ELEMENTARY
2015 - 2016 STEM INITIATIVES
Pattonville educators participate in STEM Leadership Series
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
During the all-day leadership event, participants received guidance and resources for integrating STEM into every classroom, not just math and science, and participated in a self-assessment based on the Carnegie Science Center’s STEM Excellence Pathways rubric. Participants were encouraged to think through next steps for better integrating STEM at their schools.

STEMpact is a unique ongoing collaboration of the St. Louis area’s top STEM companies providing education and resources for teachers and school districts to help STEM education thrive in the St. Louis region. The group’s mission statement is “prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s STEM professional.” For more information about STEMpact and to see what this year’s STEM TQ institute participants are learning, visit stempact.org.





Novel Engineering

Drummond students will begin Novel Engineering in their ART classes.  Learn more about it by clicking below:
Click here for training information:  Novel Engineering An Integrated Approach
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5th Grade students will use a RASPBERRY PI  to create a WATER REGULATOR to manage the watering system of the Drummond Elementary garden, based on data collected from sensors, which will be connected to 3 output pins connected to a coded raspberry pi project.

Prototypes will be created and tested in the spring.  PSD Highschool TSA (Technology Student Association) members will assist the 5th grade students and teachers with this ongoing project.  Students are learning from their prototypes and garden project at the learning center:  garden@psdr3.org.

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Where will they start?  Garden bed measurements, indoor garden creations for prototype testing, sign and stake creations in art class for planning.....  Two of our parents, Emily Jacobi and Jackie Sprague were awarded $2000 dollars to begin a garden project at Drummond Elementary.  They worked with an automatic watering system, created raised garden beds, and worked with each grade level in the garden to learn about the joys of gardening.  This year, Mrs. Jacobi continues to join us as we stemitize the garden.  The computer program www.growveg.com will help students research plants for when to sow, plant, and harvest.  What do plants need?  Do they need  sun, or shade? What watering schedules will they need?  How will students determine what plants will grow best where?  

Students will also need to determine how many plants to plant in a plant bed based on the plants recommendations.  This PBL (Project Based Learning) assignment includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.  It also includes team work.  Five 5th-grade classes are going to work together to get the Drummond Garden going, however all grade levels will have a part in utilizing the garden in each of their STEM challenges throughout the school year.  Stay tuned;  we are currently installing a live camera so students can view their garden from home.  Hopefully, they will be able to see their garden change over time and watch all of the different animals enjoy the garden, as we do. Of course, this may lead to additional problems to solve.  

Stay tuned.  BLOG:  [Link]Drummondgarden.wordpress.org

Click below to see our Project Based Learning experiment (PBL):  




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Scroll down to see our year long STEM projects that led us to our culminating project, Stemitizing our Drummond Garden...

Career Cards:  Click Here

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DR Relay Scratch Code.pdf

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DR Relay Scratch Code.pdf

December Hour of Code Challenge Winners:  Click Here

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Questions and Answers:
Video Link:
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DR Relay Scratch Code.pdf
DR Relay Scratch Code.pdf


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CAREER DAY- Drummond Elementary is planning a STEM career night in the spring.  The Stem committee is inviting stem professionals from the St. Louis area to share their career paths with community members, teachers, students and their families.

The date is TBD...

Click Below for a humorous pre-view...


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Student Stem @ HOME

Video Link:  Under Construction

"What is V= D/T?"
-Derek W, Ms. Krispin's 5th grade Class
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