Academics

STEM & Farm

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, with an updated barn and pavilion built in 2022, 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, 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, learning animal and garden management, designing an area and perimeter pumpkin 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 8 items.

  • Preschool STEM

    Growing a pizza garden
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Kindergarten STEM

    Planting pumpkin seeds to predict and measure growth of leaf, stem, and flowers
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
    Lego build projects
  • First Grade STEM

    Chicken hatching
    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
    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

    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
    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
    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
  • Sixth Grade STEM

    K’nex building challenges
    Rigamagig STEM building challenges
    School-wide composting challenges
    Outdoor garden observations and investigations
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