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What is STEM? STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

What is STEM like at the elementary level? In elementary school, STEM is mostly problem-based learning activities that students must collaborate with a group in order to solve. These activities are designed to bring benefits to all students, at all levels of ability, creating a truly inclusive and effective educational opportunity. Students are introduced to the Engineering Design Process, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, computer science, programming, and coding. 

At Nolan, grades 2-5 come to the STEM lab once every two weeks for one hour,  K-1 students come for 45 minutes. 

Jennifer Cisto is our STEM lab educator at Nolan and strives to get students excited about learning science through different avenues. Through collaboration with all grade-level teachers, she makes sure STEM is fun as well as purposeful. She is a certified teacher for grades K-6 and has a master's degree in education with a focus on learning and technology. 

Visit Mrs. Cisto's Teacher Website for more information.

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