STEM Week Spotlights Design Process

Derby Academy participated in a statewide STEM Week from October 22-26, an effort put forth by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, in collaboration with the STEM Advisory Council, to highlight the connection of strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education throughout Massachusetts.
 
The week culminated with an all school design challenge during the Pals period Friday, pairing older students with younger students to ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve fall themed activities. Older students facilitated and encouraged the thinking, design, and creating processes with their younger classmates.
 
During the week, Derby highlighted specific STEM curriculum through all grade levels and divisions, with specific activities, field trips, and speakers that emphasized STEM concepts.
 
Pre-K students were visited by Dr. Tanya Stevens P'20,'25 to discuss the brain and its role in senses like taste, touch, and smell. Grade 2 traveled to Boston to explore the Museum of Science and view their exhibits and design challenges.
 
Grade 4 explored and observed Broad Cove, noting the change in seasons while collecting data and specimens about the habitat and animal life. Grade 5 students visited the Hall at Patriots Place to apply their study of the Engineering Design Process to better understand how impact affects the brain, concussion awareness, and helmet evolution and design. Groups were tasked with the Helmet Design Challenge, designing a container to protect fragile “brains” during an impact, while introducing the students’ concussion awareness and prevention curriculum in Athletics and Health.
 
The MakerSpace was busy with activity as classes in multiple divisions utilized the space to plan and design for upcoming projects. Grade 3 students designed living artifacts as a companion piece for the subjects of their Living History unit, Grade 6 continued with the development and design of sustainable cities for the Future Cities Competition, and Grade 7 and 8 students utilized the facility during their GOALS period and STEM electives throughout the week.
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