STEM Newsletter: September 2021, Volume 2, Issue 1

Welcome Macdonough Families!

Every month, we publish a newsletter that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at Macdonough. The monthly newsletter typically includes: pictures of students engaged in Project-Based Learning, the Engineering Design Process, interdisciplinary units of study, the Engineer of the Month, informative articles/videos relating to our instruction, and our contact information.


If you haven’t done so already, please follow us on Twitter @MacdSchool, and check out our STEM webpage supported by our Governance Council.

First Day of School 9/9/2021

Design a Roller Coaster!

Cup Challenge: Can You Build a Pyramid?

STEM Extension

Fall 2021 Project-Based Learning Topics by Grade



FIRST GRADE- The Art of Shapes

SECOND GRADE- Welcome to the Neighborhood

THIRD GRADE- Marking History, Making History


FIFTH GRADE- Journey to the Red Planet

STEM questions to ask your child(ren) at home

Through out the school year, as your child(ren) participate in STEM-based instruction, they will engage is a different way of learning and expressing information. They will use the Engineering Design Process to develop products to present their new knowledge and experiences through Project-Based Learning. Here are some questions you can ask your child(ren) at home about their work and experiences:

  1. What is the name of the project is your class working on?
  2. What is/was challenging for you?
  3. What do/did you enjoy about the project?
  4. Have you seen/heard of someone doing this for a living in real life?
  5. Are there careers in STEM?
  6. Did you tinker with a new material today?
  7. What is Project-Based Learning to you?
  8. Can you teach me about the Engineering Design Process?
  9. Do you communicate with your classmates about STEM?
  10. Which hands-on projects would you like to try at home?
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