What is the Innovation Lab?
The McGaugh Innovation Lab is an engineering STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) lab where students learn to tinker, create, engineer and invent. It is generously funded by your Project SEEK donations.
What will my child be doing in the Innovation Lab?
All McGaugh students from 1st-5th grade will be attending the Innovation Lab throughout the year. Students will be participating in three projects throughout the school year- one per trimester. Every student will learn to program and code robots in addition to two engineering projects that are related to the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and classroom curriculum.
Why create a STEM Lab?
Stanford University's neuroscientists conducted a study and discovered that deeper learning occurs when students engage in hands-on projects before reading texts or watching videos. In fact, MIT asks students to submit an optional Maker Portfolio as part of their college application. They want to know about the projects that students are working on in their spare time such as rebuilding a car, writing a computer program, or designing a costume for a play. At McGaugh, students will be developing these skills in order to better gain an understanding of engineering and innovation which will empower them to grow and develop in areas they will need to be successful in the 21st century.
How can you help?
Volunteer in the Innovation Lab during your child’s class time. Projects are scheduled by trimester basis.
Any questions or want to get involved? Contact Mrs. Samari firstname.lastname@example.org