As we are wrapping up our 2022 fall trimester we wanted to share with you some of the photos from our STEAM program (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math), this fall it was dedicated to human anatomy.
Skeleton clay modeling
Our core project was playdough modeling of human skeleton. Over the years we developed and worked with the children on a number of playdough modeling projects on topics such as birds, hibernation, ant hill structure and botany. These projects are both science and art. Children find them fun and engaging, while slow pace of the step-by-step project offers deeper understating of the topic and better retention of new knowledge.
While working on a playdough modeling project the following disciplines are incorporated:
- ✓ Science — botany, anatomy, biology, etc. Depending on what we are modeling.
- ✓ Mathematics — children use measuring tape and rulers, we discuss proportions, comparative sizes and shapes.
- ✓ Fine motor skill and sensory work through making of various elements needed in the course of the lesson.
- ✓ Arts and self expression — during the project children learn both to model someone’s else’s work (essential in development of new skills) and once new skills acquired children are free to create and add their own elements to the project.
- ✓ Logical thinking — learning to plan a project made of multiple steps.
As each week we worked on building a next section of the human skeleton we discussed with the children the function of that skeletal segment. Children learned about nerves and their role in communication between the brain and all of the body. We discussed the essential role of the rib cage in protecting vital organs, such as heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. The children were fascinated about the dual bone structure of the forearm and lower part of the leg, and seeing how that structure makes twisting movement possible! We had a fun experiment on digestion, and even built a little robotic hand.
Scroll down to see some of the photos from these projects of fall’s STEAM curriculum.