An excavator simulator was purchased in 2020 right before COVID hit. The simulator was finally up and running in Septermber of 2020. Students are currently using the simulator and working through the required tasks.
Enviroscape watershed model. Students can put different dry products on the model like Kool-Aid or cocoa powder. Then they sprinkle water on it like it is raining. Then the dry ingredients get wet flow down into the streams and pollute them. The red Kool-Aid flowed down the stream and the bigger blue section representing the Chesapeake Bay.
SAM Labs helps make it easy for students in the elementary STEAM lab to learn problem solving and coding. The kits are created by educators and honed by researchers. SAM Labs’ products are in the JSE STEAM classrooms and are a standards-aligned curriculum with Bluetooth-connected hardware, and certified educator support.
FOSS (Full Option Science ) was conceived by the Lawrence Hall of Science to teach through hands-on active investigation, then refined by 100,000 teachers in America’s classrooms. They come in various topics and are used in the regular science lessons by our elementary teachers.
A teacher in the JSE elementary building wrote a grant to establish a community garden for all to use. The fifth graders weeded, planted and tended to this garden during the spring and summer months. Anyone who is food insecure are welcome to pick what they need.
Daniel Kirk visited all three elementary schools last November. He is a children's author and read some of his books to the students and showed them the value of the process of writing their own stories.