Mrs. Iannazzo’s kindergarten class used hands-on learning and S.T.E.M. to create leprechaun traps! The project started with learning about the legend of leprechauns by reading stories and doing research. Then after class discussion, students formed groups of two. They then had to gather materials, brainstorm, and create a plan to construct their projects.
“The children incorporated science, math and engineering to construct a trap that met all of the parameters we outlined,” explained kindergarten teacher Kathy Iannazzo. “While testing and refining their creations, they used problem-solving skills and teamwork. And they had a lot of fun while doing it!”
STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, and require students to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution.