iSchool for the Future demonstrated its unique STEAM SELTM approach to science education during Thursday’s 2014 Annual School Environmental Action Showcase, generating interest from students and politicians alike.
The iSchool Team
The 2014 Annual School Environmental Action Showcase is sponsored by NoVA Outside and George Mason University and brings together schools, students, and environmental organizations from Northern Virginia to share ideas and share eco-projects. The event, held on Thursday, April 10 on the GMU campus, had over 44 schools and 520 students in 52 teams participating. Over 30 partner organizations were invited to lead hands-on science activities for students.
An iSchool volunteer teaching children about carbon storage in trees
iSchool both led a hands-on activity and participated as a school team. iSchool’s hands-on activities included a mixture of science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and social and emotional life skills (STEAM SELTM). Students used chemistry tools and the scientific method to hypothesize and test predictions of GMU’s pond water quality, used math and problem-solving skills to estimate local tree sizes and calculate stored carbon, unleashed their inner artists as they drew a scientist, and discovered more about their own identity through a modified multiple intelligence activity designed to help them understand their own strengths.
iSchool’s modified Multiple Intelligence activity, an example of our exclusive STEAM SEL approach
This unique mixture of hands-on, place-based activities building both science and social skills attracted the attention of over 200 students and even a visit from Virginia State Senator Chap Peterson (34th District).
State Senator Chap Peterson with iSchool Founder Nuria Gabitova
Several iSchool students from Forestville Elementary School participated as an Eco-Team to highlight their environmental projects. iSchool currently offers afterschool enrichment programs at Forestville, and has been working with students on a year-long project to help Forestville enhance its outdoor science classroom spaces and improve its Eco-Schools USA status. The students used a display board to explain their project approach, which included learning foundational science, carrying out studies of Forestville’s environment, and using study results to drive environmental action. Students highlighted a video they made that urges environmental action by Forestville’s entire student body. Office Depot in Sterling, Virginia help sponsor iSchool’s participation in the Showcase.
Do you want your child to have these types of unique science and social experiences? Register for one of our Afterschool enrichment programs or Summer camps. Afterschool programs begin on Monday, April 21. The early bird registration discount for summer camps ends on Sunday, April 20. Hurry to take advantage of these exclusive opportunities!