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What is our STEM Curriculum at Chapel Hill?

STEM at Chapel Hill Elementary is focused on a student-centered learning environment that targets 100% of our student
population. We offer an integrated curriculum that enhances standards-based instruction aligned to our state science standards.
Students engage in problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities while making real world connections. The challenges
are held once monthly. Challenges are designed for students to be engaged in STEM from two to four instructional hours. Each
challenge is standards-based, cross-curricular, and highlights a STEM career.
CHES STEM Challenges 2015-2016
Month PK - Kindergarten 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Design an Tornado Proof Bioengineering
Pan Flute Heat Saving
September anemometer Keep-A-Cube Shelter New Animal
(Observing My Senses –
(Matter - S2P1) Device
SKP1) (Weather and Seasons –
(Heat - S3P1)
(Weather and Water - Species
S1E1) S4E3) (Classification - S5L1)

Excavation Tool Wheel-y Fun Moving Cans Melting Master Wheel-y Fun No Bones About It
October (Weather and Water – (Weather and Water -
(Rocks and Soils – SKE2) (Energy – S2P2) (Heat - S3P1) (Classification - S5L1)
S1E2) S4E3)

Water Filter Design an Making Duplicate


Shadow Hider Shadow Hider Balloon Car
November (Day and Night Sky – (Pollution - S3L2a-b) Ecosystem Cells
(Light – S1P1) (Motion - S2P3) (Cells & Microorganisms
SKE1) (Ecosystems - S4L1)
- S5L3)
Bridge Telescope Strongest Rock Build a Band Funny Putty
February Magnetic Car Race
(Living/Nonliving Animal
(Magnets – S1P2)
Sun, Moon, and Stars Rocks and Soils Design Challenge (Physical & Chemical
Babies – SKL1,SKL2) (S2E1, S2E2) (S3E1) (Light & Sound - S4P2) Changes - S5P1)
Are You My
Mother Bird’s Nest Fossil Excavation Pulley Challenge Recycling Greeting
March Design A Nest Box
Nest (Plants – S1L1)
Changes in Surroundings (Rocks and Soils - (Forces and Motion - Cards
(Living/Nonliving – (S2E3) S3E1) S4P3) (Electricity - S5P3)
SKL1,SKL2)

Extreme Kicking
Beenie Baby Spinning a Food Cleaning a Fish Machine Shake It Up With
May Plant Holder Habitat Web Seismographs
(Plants – SKL2) Tank
(Animals and Animal (Life Cycles Animals and (Earth Processes - S5E1)
Needs – S1L1) Plants - S2L1)
(Magnets - S3P2a-b) (Force and Motion
S4P4)
What is STEM Curriculum at Chapel Hill?
Chapel Hill Elementary offers our students STEM education opportunities through a variety of programs that enhance our students’ capacity to become
globally competitive in the workforce. Each supplemental program has a three year plan for implementation.
Supplemental Curriculum Programs
STEM Lab
Kinder-Fifth
Students visit our STEM lab once weekly. During their visit, students are engaged in hands-on experiences directly related to their current science
curriculum. A co-teaching model is used between the homeroom teacher and the STEM lab teacher. Using this practice, we are making science/STEM
instruction accessible to all learners.
Aquaponics
Makey-Makey School Garden Robotics Tech Club
3-D Printing Second and Third Flying Classroom
Fourth and Fifth Kindergarten and Fourth and Fifth Fourth and Fifth
Grade Kinder-Fifth
Grade First Grade Grade Grade
Our aquaponics Our robotics team, Our Tech Club was Chapel Hill
Our 3-D Printing
system is being Our school garden the LAB RATS serves established Elementary STEM
initiative will launch Our Tech Club has
utilized as a global was the result of a our fourth and fifth during the Committee is
in April 2016. been piloting the use
connection to grant awarded by grade students. 2015-2016 currently writing
Students will be of our Makey-Makey.
agriculture and our partners Live Students are engaged school year. STEM challenges that
involved in a six The full
problem solving. Healthy and Thrive in programming and The team integrate the Flying
week project that implementation of
Students in second Youth Foundation. solving a project participate in Classroom
allows students to the Makey-Makey
and third grade are Students in though First Lego the DCSD curriculum with our
build scenario based program will begin in
engaged in projects Kindergarten and League (FLL) Tech Fair. current standards.
problems in which April 2016. This
that allows students First Grade are They Students will be
they will have to program involves our
to learn more about involved in planting The competition received engaged in these
think critically to fourth and fifth grade
agricultural careers. and harvesting to team was established awards in activities in our
design a solution. students.
provide a school in 2013 and has the areas of Georgia STEM DAY
wide tasting of their advanced to the Kick-Off Celebration
labor. We also Super Regionals for
donate fresh produce two years and won
and herbs to the food awards in Gracious
bank. Professionalism and
the Innovation
award.