Category Archives: STEM

STEM Night 2017-2018

Images from 2017-2018 STEM Night at Sagamore Hills Elementary:

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 6:30–7:00 pm, at Sagamore Hills Elementary, enjoy a free evening with your family experiencing hands-on STEM activities, including:

  • Touch animals from 5 kingdoms
  • Build a musical instrument
  • Watch a dog find you by smell
  • Find bones in owl pellets
  • Kids vs parents math competition
  • Extract DNA
  • and much, much more!

Sagamore Robotics Receives Professionalism Award at World Festival Expo

Team members of Sagamore Robotics Wildcat Whizzes competed in the FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo in Houston, TX, April 21, 2017.

At the competition, teams were awarded for parts of their display, presentation, and research that stood out and deserved to be highlighted. The Whizzes received the “Professionalism” award. This means that all aspects of our team’s performance showed their skill and in depth knowledge of the challenge. They also mentioned our team’s respect towards each other, the judges and other teams and of course how much fun they were having.

Our team got to meet teams from Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Panama Costa Rica, Canada and all over the United States. Their success is due to their hard work and dedication. They represented Sagamore Hills well!

Team members included: Rylie Gardiner, Kirsten Gabriel, Dorothy Baldwin, Owen Flake, and Shorani Roy

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Sagamore Robotics to National SeaPerch Competition

SeaPerch is a program that teaches students robotics/engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and how to create technical applications through marine engineering. Sagamore Hills Elementary School students were divided into teams, given two underwater challenges to solve using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) they constructed themselves, and tasked with the responsibility of completing an engineering notebook. Our students worked together to decide how to solve the challenges, each with their own role in the process.

At the end of the season, we joined other schools at the 2017 Regional SeaPerch Challenge. Our three teams exceeded all expectations and blew us away! Their teamwork was exceptional and played a huge role in their success.

Team Echo was awarded third place in their division. Team members include: Alex Coursey, Bryce Garrett, Lauren Gabriel, and Omandee Karunanayake.

Team Magnitude was awarded second place in their division. Team members include: Matthew Russell, Christian Tucker, Alex Klein, and Evan Hackemeyer

Team AquaBots scored first place in their division, first place overall, and earned a spot at the 2017 National Seaperch Competition at GA Tech. Team members include: Ben Zajac-Cox, Julia Barker, Kirsten Gabriel, Rylie Gardiner, and Holt Solomon.

(Front row, left to right): Matthew Russell, Reed Barker (honorary member), Julia Barker, Kirsten Gabrial, Omandee Karunanayake, and Alex Coursey
(Back row, right to left): Mrs. Dix (coach), Lauren Gabriel, Mrs. Garrett (coach), Bryce Garrett, Alex Klein, Christian Tucker, Rylie Gardiner, Mrs. Quinn (coach), and Evan Hackemeyer
Not shown: Holt Solomon and Ben Zajac-Cox

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STEM Bridge Building at Sagamore Hills Elementary School

Every March, about 110 4th and 5th graders at Sagamore Hills Elementary School conduct a STEM project focused on Structural Analysis and Bridge Construction. Sagamore teachers Rachael Lambert and Terry High direct this exciting exercise over a period of two weeks, which includes:

  • Orientation
  • Structural analysis mathematics
  • Planning/time management
  • Design
  • Building
  • Testing every bridge to failure


Leading the activities is Stan Jones, chief structural engineer for Bennett and Pless engineers here in Atlanta. For the last several years he has developed and implemented this important training. Stan has his civil engineering bachelor’s from Auburn and MS from Georgia Tech and has practiced structural engineering around the globe for 40 years. He is the real thing and is a treasure. Stan was a major player in Sagamore’s STEM certifications last year.

Sagamore Hills elementary is a unit of the DeKalb County School District and is a neighborhood school located near Clairmont and Briarcliff Roads in the center of the County. The principal is Mrs Julie Taylor and for additional information she may be contacted at julie_m_taylor@dekalbschoolsga.org

Sagamore Jr. Robotics attending FIRST LEGO League Jr. World Festival Expo

The Wildcat Whizzes are 1 of 4 Sagamore Hills Elementary School‘s Jr. Robotics teams selected to attend the Jr. Robotics World Festival Expo in Houston, TX, Arpil 21–22, 2017, where teams from all over the world come together to present their research projects and robots. We are so excited!  This will be the first Jr. FLL Robotics team from the Dekalb County School District to be invited to the World Expo!

The Wildcat Whizzes were tasked with selecting an animal that shares a habitat with the honeybee. After researching the honeybee the team selected the wasp. They built a model that reflected their research and programmed it to move! The team members include: Kirsten Gabriel, Rylie Gardiner, Owen Flake, Shorani Roy, and Dorothy Baldwin.

The team members and their families are so excited and are making plans to attend. Teacher leaders Suzie Quinn and Kristen Garrett will also attend with the financial support of the school and its PTA.

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STEM Certification Awarded to Sagamore Hills Elementary School

May 4, 2016

To the Sagamore Hills Elementary School Community,

This week Sagamore Hills Elementary School became the 20th elementary school in the state to earn the Georgia Department of Education’s distinguished Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certification. This achievement is recognition of the commitment and dedication of the Sagamore Hills Elementary School faculty, parents, and school community to provide a rigorous and substantive STEM education program for all of our students.

Sagamore Hills Elementary School is in the fourth year of implementing a STEM education program. The students at Sagamore Hills Elementary School experience a comprehensive STEM program which includes STEM discipline integration through the curriculum, school-wide STEM days, and after school activities and clubs. An emphasis on the engineering design process and problem solving in every classroom allows students to use cross-disciplinary tools for discovery and developing solutions to problems. The STEM program at Sagamore Hills provides our students with the integrative tools of investigation and analysis and gives students an understanding of the relationship of STEM disciplines. The framework of our STEM program requires students to apply the design process to a variety of problems in a variety of settings. Students continuously design, model, and test solutions. They analyze data and report their findings to others in their class, to others in the school, and often times beyond to our community. Technology integration is a pervasive component of our STEM program.

STEM education has transformed teaching and learning at Sagamore Hills Elementary School. We are honored that our STEM education program has been recognized with this distinction.

Julie Taylor, Principal

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  • STEM Georgia
    (from the Georgia Department of Education)
  • STEM
    (from the PTA of Sagamore Hills Elementary School)

STEM Night at Sagamore Hills Elementary School, 2015-2016

Family STEM Night is a free hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics experience with demonstrations & activities for the whole family to enjoy!


Photos from this event


Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Pizza and water will be sold in the cafeteria.

  • Touch live reptiles!
  • Defy gravity!
  • Program a computer!
  • Create with electricity!
  • Look at stars through telescopes!
  • See dry ice in action!
  • Make your toothpick tower!
  • Touch real human muscles and bones!
  • Extract DNA!
  • Make your own lava lamp!
  • Dissect animal parts!
  • Hear your own heartbeat!
  • Test your hand strength!
  • Turn your teeth red!
  • Investigate with Proscopes!
  • And much, much more!

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STEM at Sagamore Hills, January 2015

STEM education is experienced by all Sagamore Hills Elementary School students every day across all content areas. The use of the Mac Lab, laptops, 3-D printers, iPads and other devices are pervasive in teaching and learning.

We held two school-wide competitions where our students put the engineering and design process in action.

Egg-drop Sleigh propulsion
Egg Drop, First Grade, 2013-2014, Sagamore Hills Elementary School IMG_1111

IMG_5604We are expanding our learning garden with the support of the Captain Planet Foundation and the grant were have been awarded.


IMG_3318This semester’s school-wide STEM projects will focus on the garden, the aquaponics system, and our continued partnership with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Amphibian Diet Experiment.

Amphibian Diet Experiment

Sagamore Hills is one of four elementary schools in Georgia working with the Atlanta Botanical Garden and poison dart frogs! Our second grade classes are working collaboratively with the scientists at the Atlanta Botanical Garden comparing growth rates for young Cobalt Poison Frogs (Dendrobates tinctorius). The frogs are fed two different diets and our students collect data on the frog’s growth rates. The data from the study will help determine the best diet for captive poison dart frogs. This has been a fantastic experience for our students. They began in the fall creating habitats for the frogs to thrive! These frogs are in each of the second grade classes. They are beautifully colored, diurnal (active during the day) frogs. Captive poison dart frogs are non-toxic and completely harmless.

STEM Night

Mark your calendars for the Sagamore Hills STEM Night, February 4 th , 6:00-8:00. This promises to be a shockingly great program that will interest children and adults! Dozens of scientists from our community visit our school to provide an evening of amazing science experiences.

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STEM activity, fall 2015

The following STEM activities were shared at Sagamore Hills Elementary School’s Curriculum Night.

Aquaponics

Microorganisms
5th grade

  • Studying pH of the water and how the plants, fish, and microorganisms all play a role
  • Working with 1st grade

3-D Printing

Water
4th grade

  • Studying importance of conserving water
  • Using a free online program called Tinkercad
  • Developing a low-flow shower head

Coding

Technology
3rd grade

  • Learning a programming language called Scratch
  • Creating stories, games, and animations

Poison Dart Frogs

Life Cycles
2nd grade

  • Studying poison dart frogs and what they need to survive
  • Developing a habitat where they can live

Aquaponics

Plants
1st grade

  • Planted veggies from seed
  • Working with 5th grade to construct 5-gallon aquaponics systems

Composting

Living Organisms
Kindergarten

  • Studying plants and what they need to survive
  • Building a Compost Eco Pot to grow plants

Family STEM Night at Sagamore Hills Elementary School, 2014-2015

Family STEM Night (Science Night prior to 2014-2015) is a free hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics experience with demonstrations & activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Pizza and water will be sold in the cafeteria.

  • Touch live reptiles!
  • Make your own wave machine!
  • Program a computer!
  • Create with electricity!
  • Look at stars through telescopes!
  • See dry ice in action!
  • Make your own glider!
  • Learn about rocks and minerals!
  • Touch real human muscles and bones!
  • Perform chemical reactions!
  • Extract DNA!
  • Make your own lava lamp!
  • Watch LEGO robots in action!
  • Dissect animal parts!
  • Hear your own heartbeat!
  • Test your hand strength!
  • Learn about teeth!
  • Investigate with Proscopes!
  • And much, much more!

Update: Photos from STEM Night

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