Curious about the SMALLab at O’Hara? O’Hara teacher Katelyn Deet, who has been instrumental with the implementation, shares more information. What have your students told you about SMALLab?
New S.T.E.A.M. Curriculum
Along with National Geographic, SMALLab Learning is part of Fox Chapel Area School District’s new Elementary S.T.E.A.M. Curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year. This curriculum involves four strands of science: life, physical, earth, and engineering.
SMALLab learning emphasizes embodied learning. Students are learning and reviewing science concepts while collaborating with their peers during hands-on activities!
The SMALLab is designed for students to be moving around and collaborating with others. In the SMALLab, a projector is mounted to the ceiling and shows an image of the presented scenario on the floor. Students then use wands that have sensors connected to twelve motion cameras mounted around the room on the ceiling to control the activity.
All elementary students have the opportunity to work in the SMALLab during science class throughout the year. Depending on the grade level and activity, the students will work together on scenarios that involve specific science concepts and different strategies.