Archive 2014-15

Young Birders
Third and fourth grade students from the Challenge Program at Field-Stevenson and Grant-White enjoyed exploring nature through bird watching in River Forest.  On Monday, April 13th, Trailside naturalist, Irene Flebbe, helped students discover local wildlife, birds & habitats on a guided hike through the Forest Preserve.  Students were lucky to discover many species including: yellow bellied sapsucker, grebe, red tailed hawk, butterbutt (aka yellow-rumped warbler), white-breasted nuthatch, chickadee, red-bellied woodpecker, and many more.  The trip also allowed the students to contribute local biodiversity data to scientists.  Fourth graders mapped the area and documented the species using citizen science tools such as eBird and Yardmap.

Shedd Aquarium Award
Field-Stevenson and Grant-White 5th grade Challenge students received the "Most Creative” award from the Shedd Aquarium for their Wreath-cycle Project. The students collaborated on an essay in class to answer the essential question: “How do we connect to animals and the earth’s resources when we reduce, reuse and recycle?” and brainstormed on how to use recyclable materials to construct their wreath for the Shedd. Wreaths will be displayed in the Shedd’s Caribbean Reef exhibit and other areas until January 5.

Challenge Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Field-Stevenson School Gymnasium

FLL Robotics Team

E-Lemon-ators, the FPMS FLL Robotics Team participated in the Chicago Regional Tournament at Miles Davis Magnet Academy on Saturday, December 13th. The team received a trophy for their excellent performance and has advanced to the State Championship Tournament in January.

FLL is an international non-profit organization founded to inspire student interest and participation in STEM learning through real-world problem solving missions while building self-confidence, communication and leadership. Each year, students are presented with a new theme that has three components: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. 

This year’s theme is “World Class: Learning Unleashed.” For the research project component, the E-Lemon-ators team came up with a game that could improving the way younger students learn algebra. The team also worked on designing a robot, devising strategies and programming their solutions for FLL table game missions. Teams are judged based on their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, competitive play, teamwork, sportsmanship, and sense of community.

Field-Stevenson 5th graders build machines in an after school workshop geared to spark both their imagination and an interest in engineering.