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DCS used E4DS funds to launch enhanced science and math programming for Grades 3 - 6 for 2016-2017.  By popular demand, Peter Smith and Cheryl Wells (2 retired DCS teachers) returned to work with children throughout the week. 

Math Programming

There are patterns in mathematics.  If you can recognize the pattern, you can often figure out the rule.  This work has provided a foundation for exploration related to algebra.  Students work in teams and start small as they look for patterns and rules.  This gives them the knowledge and understanding to solve larger, more complex patterns and problems.  Using mental math, algebraic equations and hands-on materials, students are working to identify patterns, solve problems, play games, think critically and engage in discourse about mathematics.

Science Programming

5th grade Science students worked on the Great Lakes Environmental Research Literacy Program.  They focused on understanding, communicating, and being a Great Lakes citizen.  Topics included: nautical flags, GLERL, NOAA, Sea Grant, 3D maps, sustainability, Huron River Watershed, interpretation of data, figuring out the amount of ice coverage on any given day, wave watching, graphing, and pie charts. 

6th grade Energy Science topics included: thermochemistry, math models- making cold packs and hot packs, molecular chemistry, electrochemistry, physical and chemical composition, quantitative and qualitative observation (ex. observe candle before, during, after it is lit - a challenge to come up with many observations).  Future topics will be: combustion and nuclear energy (history, pros/cons), renewal energy, solar cards, geothermal/wind/solar.

All Science groups worked on a reading group project with both Bates and Cornerstone Elementary students.

All About Science Club

All About Science Club is available for 5th graders.  They meet once a week during lunch and cover a wide range of topics identified by student interest.  Topics have included: owls, Mars exploration, international space station, whales, echolocation, penguins, and periodic tables.

Ocean Science Club

Ocean Science Club is available for 3rd and 4th graders.  They meet once a week during lunch.  Students learn about ocean life in a hands-on, interactive format.  Mrs. Wells brings in ocean objects to touch and observe.  Students engage in experiments and discussions related to ocean life, ecology and biomes.  Some topics that students have learned about this year include marine reptiles, ocean acidification, horseshoe crabs and the Redknot, sorting mero and holoplankton and the properties of water.  

EMu excursion's camp

For four consecutive days in February, all 280 sixth grade Creekside students had the opportunity to participate in the EMU Explorers Camp run by EMU Faculty. Students spent three days inventing, creating, and collaborating in sessions followed by presentations on Friday. The sessions offered included:

• Galactical Intelligence – following the XColony Spatial Education Program
• Programming with Python
• The Art of Toy-making
• Make it, Be it, Say it with the Communications Department
• Crime Scene Investigation
• Are You Smarter Than A 6th Grader: Story Teller’s Edition with the Drama Department
• Applied Coding/Robotics
• Entrepreneurism
• Digital Drawing
• Computer Technology
• Interior Design Workshop
• Eagle Aviation Flight Camp (at Willow Run Airport)

This opportunity for our students was only possible through support from E4DS, EMU, and the Creekside Staff. It was an incredible opportunity for our students to learn outside our walls and dig deep into projects with university faculty guidance.

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