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    STEM Remote Learning 2.0:

    FOR STEM (PLTW) Zoom Class Meetings (All grade levels):
    Meeting ID: 936 8158 0380
    Passcode: STEM

    Teacher Info:

    Mr. VandenBos - K-5 STEM Teacher (Project Lead the Way) - WC Petty

    Students/families, if you ever have any questions or need anything, email jvandenbos@antioch34.com is the best and quickest!


    Remote Learning Schedule by Grade/Class:

    Mondays and Fridays: Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 4th Grade

    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and 5th Grade


    Some Remote Learning FAQ:

    How do you join the STEM class?

    Students will start their STEM class through Zoom with teacher instruction. Students will have some indepedent activities as well. Check for the zoom link in SeeSaw (K-2) or Google Classroom (3-5).

    What will students learn in STEM class during remote learning?

    Students will be participating in remote STEM activities, team/problem solving activities, and remote Project Lead the Way units at home!

    What will students need for STEM class during remote learning?

    Students just need to show up in the meeting :)

    Some STEM supplies will be sent home at material pickup dates. Please keep the STEM (PLTW) supplies in a separate, safe place, until we are ready to use them. Students are also more than welcome to use supplies around the house (with adult permission).

    When will students have STEM and see me?

    At the times on the schedule above, I will meet with each class (virtual meeting--Zoom) 2 X a week. Students should expect to spend 30 minutes engaged in activities but because students work at different paces, I encourage students to take breaks from the screen. I will always be available during the times that students are scheduled.

    Students will begin each class with the whole group, followed by a combination of real time activities, small group work (virtually), independent work, and more.



    Fall 2020 Update: Link to WELCOME VIDEO FROM MR VANDENBOS

    At WC Petty, all elementary students receive an hour of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) instruction each week. Kindergarten - 2nd grade students visit for two half hours and 3rd-5th grade students have one full hour per week.

    A little about STEM in our district:

    In Antioch School District 34, the STEM teacher at each school uses a program called Project Lead the Way. PLTW's units (called modules) address computer science, engineering, and science, challenging students to become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge. Each grade level has a new module each trimester. The module begins with activities for students to explore the subject (science, engineering, coding, robotics, etc), followed by a project for students explore further, and an engineering/design problem to solve, applying what they've learned, at the end of the unit.

    If you'd like to learn more about the units, this document gives a good description of the units by grade level.  

    A little about me:

    The 2020-2021 school year marks my eighth year in the district and my third year teaching STEM (Project Lead the Way). Before moving to the STEM position, I was an elementary classroom teacher (3rd and 4th grades).  I love teaching STEM because the subject and activities allow students to solve real world problems in innovative ways! Though the activities may seem like a lot of fun, there are valuable applications for their future!