Unlocking Potential: STEAM Adventures at Cunningham Park Elementary

By Keri Mina
March 15, 2024

At Cunningham Park Elementary, the spirit of inquiry and innovation thrives as students engage in a dynamic range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities that not only bolster academic skills but also cultivate essential Portrait of a Graduate qualities such as collaboration, communication, critical and creative thinking, and global citizenship.

In the first grade, students embarked on the Birdhouse Habitat Challenge, where they crafted cozy homes for our avian friends while learning what birds need to survive. Through teamwork and communication, these young learners brought their creative visions to life, fostering empathy and environmental stewardship as they considered the needs of their feathered companions.

As second and third graders delve into the world of engineering, they tackled a series of KEVA Planks Challenges, Marble Run Challenges, and Kite Challenges. Through hands-on experimentation, students collaborated to design and construct intricate structures, honing their critical thinking skills as they refined their creations. Whether building towering structures with KEVA Planks or engineering kites to harness the power of the wind, students explored the intersection of art and science, fostering a deep appreciation for both disciplines.

In the realm of storytelling and design, third graders rose to the enchanting challenge of constructing Rapunzel's Tower. Through collaborative planning and creative problem-solving, students reimagined this classic tale, weaving together elements of architecture and narrative to bring their visions to life. As they built and iterated on their designs, students developed resilience and adaptability, essential qualities for navigating complex challenges.

Transitioning to the fourth grade, students faced the Lego Bridge Challenge, where they applied principles of structural engineering to construct sturdy bridges capable of supporting weight. Through collaborative planning and hands-on construction, students communicated and collaborated to overcome obstacles, fostering teamwork and collective achievement.

In the fifth grade, students confronted the Earthquake Design Challenge, where they engineered structures to withstand simulated seismic activity. Through critical analysis and iterative design, students explored concepts of structural integrity and resilience, preparing them to tackle real-world challenges with confidence and ingenuity.

In the sixth grade, students delved into the Hurricane Houses Challenge, where they designed and constructed resilient structures to withstand the forces of nature. Through interdisciplinary inquiry and global awareness, students explored the intersection of engineering and environmental stewardship. Additionally, students participate in monthly Canva design challenges, where they unleash their creativity in digital media creation, fostering global citizenship as they communicate their ideas to a diverse audience.

Looking ahead, CPES is committed to expanding its STEAM offerings in the fourth quarter, with new challenges awaiting students across all grade levels. We remain dedicated to nurturing the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers, equipped with the skills and mindset to tackle the challenges of tomorrow's world with creativity, collaboration, and compassion.