• We are very fortunate to be able to offer so many learning opportunities and experiences for our students.  In the 12 days leading up to Christmas break, we would like to take time to remember our blessings and countdown just some of the opportunities students, families, staff and the community have by being a part of CPS.

Day 8 ~  STEMScience, Technology, Engineering and Math  

A couple of years ago we began exploring the possibility of incorporating more hands on learning at the Middle School.  What started with a single 3D printer has grown into a program covering basic coding skills, circuitry modeling, robotics, and 3D design to help support and improve the students ability to think critically and solve problems.

Replicating patterns
The 3D design class created and printed an experiment in replicating patterns

STEM related careers are growing fast in today’s economy and CMS is excited to give students the opportunity to explore those possibilities for their future.  Sixth-grade students investigate various types of engineering, testing their creations and analyzing data.  Seventh and eighth graders are able to build on their previous experiences in a couple of different ways.  One course uses computer aided design software, to create three dimensional models, prototypes and scaled figures that can be printed on 3D printers in the classroom and another experiments in coding (programming) with micro-controllers and robotics.

Through the coursework and the newly created STEM Club, students also have opportunities to enter projects in various competitions against students from other districts held throughout the area.  

The building blocks of interest in STEM are being set by the teachers in the Primary and Intermediate Schools as well. With the inclusion of technology and specific STEM projects into their existing curriculum, the teachers are opening the doors of creativity and discovery for their students.