What is STEAM?


S is for Science: Students learn science concepts in their classrooms and explore and extend their scientific skills and knowledge with hands-on experiences.

T is for Technology: Students have learned, technology is defined as any tool people use to make a job easier. One tool we use often is the computer where students are working on computer literacy; using the equipment efficiently and responsibly.

E is for Engineering: Students are learning about and practicing the Engineering Design Process: ask, imagine, plan, create and improve.

A is for Art: Students are making art in the Lab and in the Maker Space. Not only that, students are learning about art and artists from many cultures, old and new, and learning to analyze and evaluate art.

M is for Math: Students work on developing their math skills in the Lab and the Maker Space whether they are measuring paper, cardboard or wood to create or practicing math skills on the computer.

Robotics Club at Concord!

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Concord’s Robotics Team started in  October to create an opportunity for students to compete in the FIRST® LEGO® League competition (http://firstlegoleague.org) in December. 

We have a group of 15 motivated and team-oriented students interested in learning Robotics skills and competing with other teams.  FLL teams compete on three fronts:

  1. Robot Game – design, build and program a robot to autonomously complete a series of missions around this year’s theme: “City Shaper”  (http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge)
  1. Project – identify a problem, research/develop an innovative solution, and create an entertaining presentation of your work
  1. Core Values – demonstrate teamwork and the other FLL Core Values (http://www.firstlegoleague.org/mission/corevalues)

The team meets after school Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Additional meetings may be added as the season progresses.
The club will run at as long as a team is in contention; December for the Regional Qualifier, or January for the State Semi-finals and State Championships.

STEAM at Concord; Year 3!

This year STEAM has gotten off to a great start! Students have been working in the computer lab and in the Maker Space. Each student has a STEAM notebook which will be used to record and design their ideas.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade is learning about taking care of the environment and how to sort waste at school and at home. They are using a computer game to practice sorting while at the same time increasing their computer literacy skills! The game is called, Litter Critters learn to sort on ABCYA.com

3rd through 5th grade is learning about climate change and how one young person, Greta Thunberg, has taken action. These science and social studies lesson are integrated with computer literacy skills, where students are learning to use Schoology to receive their lesson and learn. Students will decide on how they can take action and use Visual Arts to do that.

Along with projects in collaboration with classroom teachers, STEAM also provides students with Open Maker Space, where students have the opportunity to work in the Maker Space and create their own ideas using many different visual arts materials.

STEAM and Plant and Animal Habitats!

The Kindergarteners are learning about animals and their habitats and the first graders are learning about plants in their habitats. In STEAM they learned the Habitat song  (here’s the link) and created four different habitats. Kindergarteners made animals for each habitat and the first graders made plants and created three giant posters you can see in the hallways!

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Ms. Mayra’s K and Mr. Pentland’s first grader’s poster.



There is a lot happening in STEAM and I thought you’d like to know about it.

Kindergarten and 1st grade are learning about habitats: Kindergarten animals, 1st gr plants. They are conducting research about habitats on PebbleGo on the computer and using words to search (not just pictures).

In the Maker Space they are creating a mural of four different habitats and the plants and animals that live there. Kindergarteners will draw, cut and glue animals onto the habitats and 1st graders will draw and make plants to glue on. There will be 3 different murals to hang in the hallways!

2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will be working on keyboarding skills with our new typing program called Typing Club. They can access this from any computer using their Clever Apps.

2nd grade has created an Ocean habitat in STEAM and filled their hallway with it. They will be working on keyboarding skills in the lab.

Third grade will create Young Leaders posters, portraying themselves as leaders and what action they plan to take.

Ms. Stephanie’s 5th graders are making a Welcome to Concord video, learning how to create a video and edit it on iMovie. It will be used for new families to learn about our school.

Ms. Klein’s 5th graders are working on two projects:  One half of the class is learning how to operate our 3D printer. The students are using a CAD program to create objects to print in 3D! The other half of Ms. Klein’s class are learning how to use our green screen to produce video with special effects!

In the Maker Space the students are enjoying the return of clay, thanks to a generous donation from Lakeside School students, in support of the arts! Students (3rd – 5th) are also excited to use the hot glue and have learned how to use it safely as they create their projects.

MESA Thursdays have been full of using our STEAM notebooks to plan, record observations of the salmon tank and gather information for projects. 3rd – 5th graders made wind turbines and engineered air-drop packages that had to hold up to being dropped from the 4th floor window!

Both Winter Art Walks And Concerts Were a Great Success!

Despite lots of snow and missed school days, both Art Walks and Concerts went on. Students were excited and families were proud, of all the work our students have done in art and music.

Thank you to the PTA for making both events happen including snacks! And thank you to City Year for providing support wherever it was needed. Thank you to all the Concord staff who helped before, during and after, both evenings! With everyone working together  we had two great events!

Winter Concert and Art Walk

The Concord Winter Concerts and Art Walks are coming up quickly! January 23rd for the K-3 program and February 7th for the 4th and 5th grade program. Both evenings begin at 5:00 for the Art Walk followed by the music concert at 5:30.

This is your family’s opportunity to see what’s going on in art and music at Concord!

Winter Concert 2019 Flyer

Come to the school’s front lobby and check in, pick up a snack and then tour the art galleries in the hallways, stairwells and on the computers in the lab. The Art Walk will end by the lunchroom where you can find seats for the music program.

I hope we will see you all!