Academics

STEM

Since 2016, Overbrook School has purposefully integrated hands-on, teaching methods across grade levels with the introduction of STEM in the classroom. An outdoor mini-farm was added in 2017 to provide students with opportunities to engage in real-life learning situations with special emphasis on inquiry-based tasks related to engineering and environmental studies.

The school has established a garden, greenhouse, chicken coop and sheep barn learning area on school grounds. Students have actively engaged in a variety of lessons including tapping sugar maple trees, turning sap into maple syrup, designing hydroponic window farms, building inverted gardens, studying genetics to predict fur color of baby rabbits, designing an area and perimeter melon patch, and participating in a school-wide composting challenge. All STEM challenges are guided by the Engineering Design Process that invites students to complete challenges by first beginning to wonder. 


List of 10 items.

  • Preschool STEM

    Growing a pizza garden
    Planting spring watermelons
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Kindergarten STEM

    Monarch butterfly hatching and tagging
    Fall - design and build a sunflower and wildflower playground tunnel
    Spring - planting pumpkin seeds to predict and measure growth of leaf, stem and flowers
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • First Grade STEM

    Chicken hatching
    Planting corn to measure and chart growth
    Fall -harvest of Pumpkins with counting, graphing and measuring the pumpkin patch
    Spring – Designing a salad garden
    School-wide composting challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Second Grade STEM

    Animal care research and growing systems projects
    Planting of potatoes
    Fall harvest of popcorn utilizing estimation, rounding and fraction skills in the drying and popping process
    TomatoSphere program with seventh grade
    Chicken egg selling business with introduction to the concepts of loans, community tax, income and expenditures, savings and donations to charity
    K’nex building challenges to support understanding in volume, weight, capacity, distance and simple machines
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Third Grade STEM

    Student-constructed rain barrel drip irrigation system
    Blueberry patch research, planting, and harvesting
    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Fourth Grade STEM

    Tapping sugar maple trees and turning sap into maple syrup
    Planting a Tennessee history garden
    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Fifth Grade STEM

    Constructing a hydroponic window farm system
    Designing a butterfly and Tennessee species garden
    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Sixth Grade STEM

    Designing and creating planetarium shows and geodesic domes
    Hydroponic experiments growing cucumber and strawberries in nutrient water versus traditional soil comparisons
    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Seventh Grade STEM

    Designing and creating sustainable aquaponics system
    Studying rabbit genetics
    Composting bin construction with eighth grade
    TomatoSphere program with second grade
    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Eighth Grade STEM

    Creating combustion rockets
    Building an inverted garden
    Composting bin construction with seventh grade
    K’nex STEM building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
    Sheep to yarn- sheering wool, carding, dying and spinning
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