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STEM Takes Language Arts to Mars

by Peter 23. August 2016 06:59

STEM and Language Arts?

Alien Animation

Paxton/Patterson is helping teachers incorporate Language Arts into STEM, with a project that is out of this world. In Computer Graphics and Animation, students create a stop motion animation to communicate an important message – like the dangers of texting while driving. In this example, two aliens are driving a Mars rover while distracted with a cell phone. They do not notice the cliff edge, the warning signs or the shark that is swimming in the water below the cliff. Did you know there are sharks on Mars? There are, if you let your imagination run wild. That’s one of the great benefits of this STEM Learning Systems activity. Students are encouraged to be creative and have fun while utilizing technology. It’s a wonderful blend of resources that allow teachers to cover a wide range of traditional subjects.

For more information about Computer Graphics and Animation please visit www.paxtonpatterson.com/actionlabs-overview.aspx

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How Does STEAM Sound?

by Peter 1. August 2016 03:38

How Does STEAM Sound?

Boom Baby STEM Project

At Cerro Villa Middle School, in Villa Park, CA, it goes "BOOM Baby." During a two week summer school class, called STEAM Academy, students worked with instructor, Daniel Baker, to develop a creative music video. The project challenged students to utilize S.T.E.A.M. education - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, combined with Art. In the video, students work with Paxton/Patterson Action Labs, firing rockets, launching CO2 dragsters, and testing pneumatic systems.

Check out this fantastic project by clicking here.

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