Endhaven Elementary School is dedicated to STEM education: an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with all other subject matter.
Anthony Murphy, executive director of the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St. Catherine University in ST. Paul, Minnesota stated:
“Children at birth are natural scientists, engineers, and problem-solvers. They consider the world around them and try to make sense of it the best way they know how: touching, tasting, building, dismantling, creating, discovering, and exploring. For kids, this isn't education. It's fun! Yet, research documents that by the time students reach fourth grade, a third of boys and girls have lost an interest in science. By eighth grade, almost 50 percent have lost interest or deemed it irrelevant to their education or future plans. At this point in the K–12 system, the STEM pipeline has narrowed to half. That means millions of students have tuned out or lack the confidence to believe they can do science. “
Learn more about the National Center for STEM (opens in new window)
Endhaven is very proud to offer many diverse STEM programs, both as in-class curriculum enrichment and after-school activities that develop and strengthen these science, technology, math, and engineering skills.
Each year, Endhaven sponsors a STEM Family Night where students in every grade level showcase their work in Science, Math, Technology or Engineering.
· Endhaven uses the GLOBE (opens in new window) science curriculum in grades K-4. This curriculum is designed to integrate literacy skills with science concepts.
· Garden Clubs 4th and 5th grades
· CMS/UNCC Competitive Science Fair- 3rd-5th graders compete in the competitive Science Fair at Endhaven and then move on to the regional competition at UNCC. The state competition is held in Raleigh, NC.
· Science Olympiad (opens in new window)- One of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 7,000 teams in all 50 states
· Camp Invention (opens in new window)- Summer Science Programs. Endhaven hosts this exciting experience for children entering grades 1-6. The Camp Invention program is a week long summer day program that fosters creativity, teamwork, and science literacy through hands-on fun. Invest in your child’s ability to reason and problem solve through real-world challenges.
· GEMS Club (opens in new window)- Girls Engaged in Math and Science 3rd-5th grade girls participate in individual and group science and math challenges while learning about STEM initiatives available to girls
· Students complete a Cyber Safety unit at the start of each year using Canvas.
· CMS sponsored subscriptions to: Dreambox (Math), Google Apps For Education, and Discovery Education
· Access to a computer lab with 32 HP desktops and iPads available on each grade level. iPads for K-2. Chromebook 1-to-1 for Third through Fifth grades.
· SMART boards /projection systems in 100% of the classrooms
· NC ACRE Essential Standards for Technology (opens in new window)
· Endhaven Technology Wiki (opens in new window)
· Robotics Team 3rd-5th
· Engineering calls for children to apply what they know about science and math- and their learning is enhanced as a result. Engineering activities for K-5 students are based on real-world technologies and problems; they help children see how disciplines like math and science are relevant to their lives.
· Mathapalooza is a competition for 3rd grade students consisting of hands-on exploration of mathematical concepts. Students compete both individually and as a member of a team
· Math Olympiad students learn to develop flexibility in solving problems by using creativity and ingenuity to meet mathematical challenges.