Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School holds its annual STEAMS Expo on June 10 to give students the chance to show the community what they’ve learned about sustainability.

The school’s kid-friendly definition of sustainability is “using without using up,” and Banneker teachers and staff have been working across the curriculum and grade levels in the past year on a STEAMS curriculum designed to make students understand and appreciate the world around them, school leaders said in a press release.

In science classes, that has meant asking and answering questions about the natural world. In technology, students have applied scientific knowledge to make earth-friendly products. In engineering, students designed green tools and systems. In the creative arts, students worked on the representation of human expression, and in the language arts students integrated reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with the aim of improving communication and critical-thinking skills. In mathematics, students studied number, quantity, shape and space and their interrelationships by using a specialized notation. And in social studies, students studied how people organize themselves in society.

By grade level, the lessons to be presented are:

bullet-gray-smallKindergarteners, “Give Trash a Chance.”
Reusable materials
Presentation: Model city gardens

bullet-gray-smallFirst-graders, “Natural foods vs. Processed Foods”
Using natural resources responsibly
Presentation: Good groceries

bullet-gray-smallSecond-graders, “Natural vs. Man-made Materials”
t: Composting
Presentation: The wonder of worms

bullet-gray-smallThird-graders, “Earth Friendly Cleaning”
Preventing pollution
Presentation: Clean cleaning products

bullet-gray-smallFourth-graders, “The Power of the Wind”
Self-sustaining light through wind power
Presentation: “Windmills”

bullet-gray-smallFifth-graders, “Working with water”
water collection
Presentation: “Rain Barrels”

bullet-gray-smallSixth-graders, “Winter Warmth”
Presentation: “Warmer Winters, Cooler Summers”

The 2014 STEAMS Expo is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 10 at the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, 21 Notre Dame Ave., North Cambridge.