Learners at Tecumseh East and West STEAM Centers will mark the close of their first units of study with Learning Expos on December 20 and 21. The showcases allow learners to present their work to an authentic audience and provide the opportunity for the community to see what the learners are studying.
“We families and members of our community to attend the expos, as they also contribute to the learning process by serving as an authentic audience for our learners,” said Melanie Nowak, East STEAM Center principal. “Learners will present their projects to their peers, but it’s much more meaningful when they are able to share what they learned, and answer questions from adults who show an interest in their learning.”
East STEAM Center: Change Over Time
The East STEAM Center will hold its expos in two half-day sessions, one from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 and the second from 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21.
The 7th-grade learners were presented two essential questions to frame their research, project development and presentations: “What does change look like over time and place?” and “How does change impact your story?”
The learners will present various works demonstrating their learning through their exploration of paleontology. The unit supports their year-long theme of Change Over Time.
West STEAM Center: We Built This City
West STEAM Center’s expo will be held Thursday, Dec. 20 with 8th-graders presenting their projects in a morning session from 7:30 – 9 a.m. and an afternoon session from 1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
Learners were tasked with rebuilding civilization after a fictional disaster. They will reveal their newly-built cities and share:
- the science behind their location choice
- their chosen form of government, Constitution and Bill of Rights
- a plan for minimizing human impact
- a scale model of their city and proposal for infrastructure
- a dystopian creative writing piece based on the story of their city
“Our learners have been fully immersed in the planning and designing of their city,” said Chelsey Anastasoff, West STEAM Center science facilitator. “They’ve conducted impressive research, asked great questions and put a lot of thought into how they would build a city from the ground up.”
The Learning Expos are open to the public with stakeholders encouraged to attend. Visitors are asked to sign in upon arrival.