“STEAM” LAB

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING,

ART, MATH

 
 
  Annie Kudrna Technology   (253) 858-7632  akudrna@sncsgh.org

Annie Kudrna
Technology


(253) 858-7632
akudrna@sncsgh.org

ABOUT MRS. KUDRNA

B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Idaho

I began substitute teaching at St. Nicholas Catholic School in 2015, and took on the STEAM teaching position in 2018. All three of my children attend St. Nicholas. Before I came to St. Nicholas I was a stay-at-home mom. Once my children were at an age that I was able to start working part-time, the Lord called me to be more involved in their school.

My prayer for our STEAM lab is that the students enjoy exploring many different types of learning, that they are actively engaged in a dialogue that is respectful and productive, and that all students are encouraging of one another.

 

Our goal at St. Nicholas Catholic School is to integrate technology and art into the curriculum in a way that imprints within students both the desire and skills to expand their knowledge of the core content in each grade level. The National and Archdiocesan Technology Standards will be used to teach children internet safety, proper handling of technology devices, keyboarding skills, and introductory computer programming.

EXAMPLES OF STEAM PROJECTS

  • Making apple boats: Testing density and buoyancy.

  • Testing our STEAM garden soil composition: Knowing what is in our soil so that we are able to produce flowers, vegetables, and other plants.

  • Learning about bees: How do honeybees make honey? Do all bees make honey?

  • Exploring different types of light: How do some animals glow in the dark?

  • Investigating circuits: What does it take to make a circuit? 

  • Building Robots:

    • Light-Up Robots: Using a watch battery, an LED light, scotch tap and a drinking cup.

    • Bristol Bots: Using a cleaning brush, watch battery, motor and tape.

  • Creating Balloon Rockets: Using string, tape, balloons and chairs. How did the balloon move across the string?

  • Drawing Dahlias: Using oil pastels and sharpie markers. 

TECHNOLOGY GOALS


Kindergarten - 1st Grade:

  • Basics use and care of a Chromebook

  • Internet safety

  • Google Drawings

  • Introduction to Google Slides

  • Blockly code (introductory computer programming)

  • Educational websites and applications

2nd - 5th Grade:

  • Use and care of a Chromebook

  • Internet safety

  • Google Drive apps (Docs, Slides, Forms, Drawings, and Sheets)

  • Online research

  • Presentation skills

  • Blockly code (introductory computer programming)

  • Educational websites and applications

6th - 8th Grade:

  • Chromebook upkeep

  • Digital citizenship

  • Building research and presentation skills

  • Website design

  • 3D design

  • Scratch code (and additional programming languages)

  • Video editing

  • Educational websites and applications

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