The Outsiders Returns

The Sixth Grade English students extended their understanding of the novel The Outsiders by creating a model town based on the text. The students had to construct the town based on scale models and guided by the descriptions in the book. The students in each class began with complete autonomy, only guided by the framework … More The Outsiders Returns

Orchestra and Advertising

Course: Junior Chamber Orchestra Teachers: Bo Na & Rebecca Colborg Frederick Students: 6th-8th grade  Description of project: For our project, students wrote, designed, and recorded their own advertisement to recruit future orchestra students. They had to pick from one of the two orchestra pieces we were playing (Ludwig’s Tangl or Amadeus) for their sound track … More Orchestra and Advertising

3D Bar Graphs

Course: 7th grade pre-algebra     Teacher: Gary Brown   Each student chose a quote from one of four categories: Love, Challenge, Lead, Change. We created a spreadsheet to calculate the frequency of each letter in their quote – this took some effort. Students decided to include punctuation in the counts. Once we knew the number … More 3D Bar Graphs

Shark Tank Rebooted

Future Shark Tank competitors in Mrs. Sumner’s Economics for Entrepreneurs had their first exposure to building a prototype in the STEAM Lab. In this case, it was a special chair for a Scooby Doo character. Design Thinking and the particular needs of the character were explained the day before, and the students sketched their design … More Shark Tank Rebooted


Ms. Baker’s 6th grade art classes dove right back into the year, coming into the STEAM lab to continue working on their hoverboards.  Students are in groups and using plywood, vinyl, staples, lots of tape, and leaf blowers to design their own hoverboards in all shapes and sizes. These hoverboards will be used as part … More Hoverboards

Chihuly in the STEAM

On September 20th, students from Kristen Orsini’s Language classes and Jennifer Timmis’ Pre-Algebra classes attended the Chihuly exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.  Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned artist whose glass installations are found around the world in historic cities, museums, and gardens. Visiting the exhibit was the culminating experience of a STEAM project whose … More Chihuly in the STEAM

Fall Grabbag

At the end of the semester, there are a few topics that have yet to be addressed – Safety:  While we have a draft version of rules posted, how we administer safety in the lab has been on an ‘as-needed’ basis.  While that will be the case with specialty equipment, there still needs to be … More Fall Grabbag

‘Shark Tank’

This week, the culminating event for Kelly Weininger’s 8th Grade Economics project, ‘Do Good, Make Money’ took center stage in the lab; the 8th graders participated in their version of the television show ‘Shark Tank’. Last year, Kelly wanted to change up her traditional Economics curriculum and develop a course where students are primarily engaged … More ‘Shark Tank’