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STEAM Family Night was an EPIC evening with over 140 students in attendance! Hosted by the Dune Lakes School Improvement STEM Committee and their parent organization, Sandpiper Boosters, students and their families were given a Passport and map to rotate through activity challenges. The activities were based on grade level and ranged from Kindergarten’s “How Tall is Your Tower?” challenge to Fifth Grade’s “Boat Float” challenge.  Each activity tested participant’s problem-solving skills and encouraged collaboration to achieve goals in distance, weight, height and buoyancy.

 

Other challenges were “Can You Help Save Sam” and his capsized boat; “Popsicle Stick Catapults,” creating “Giant Snowmen” and “Stack the Cat’s Hat” giving extreme height to the Dr. Seuss story.

 

Many parents teamed up with their student to test their abilities and strategic plan.  As groups collaborated, teachers and volunteers enjoyed hearing comments of encouragement and success from parents and students.  Some favorites included: “I’ve got a plan…”, “I wonder if we should…”, “That’s not going to work, Dad…”, and of course “We did it!”


Thank you to the Dune Lakes School Improvement STEM Team, our volunteers and Sandpiper Boosters for making STEAM night a fun evening!

 

STEAM night at DLE       STEAM night at DLE

  STEAM night at DLE     STEAM night at DLE

 STEAM night at DLE      STEAM night at DLE     

STEAM night at DLE     STEAM night at DLE

Pictured: Wyndy Crozier, ECTC Principal; Leslie Harrison, ECTC TOY for 2019-2020; Superintendent A. Russell Hughes

Emerald Coast Technical College is proud to recognize their 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Leslie Harrison.  Ms. Harrison was named one of the top three finalist in the District Teacher of the Year selection process.  

Ms. Harrison is in charge of the Information Technology Programs at ECTC, and is considered to be a highly valuable, dedicated and productive member of the ECTC team.  

Congratulations to Ms. Leslie Harrison, Emerald Coast Technical College!

ECTC TOY 2019-2020 w Supt Hughes

STEM Night at MSE

January 27, 2020

MSE students and families rotated through dozens of hands-on activities and experienced the wonders of the Night Sky inside a mobile planetarium at MSE’s STEM Night January 21st.    The engaging activities were created to inspire and grow interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each activity  exposed the students to basic scientific and mathematical principles, and reminded us all how much fun learning can be! We are especially thankful to community members, Paxton School,  Walton Middle School, Walton High School, and the STEAM school for contributing to  our successful event!

MSE STEM

STEM MSE

STEM MSE

Third Grade at WDE

January 27, 2020

Third grade students at WDE are learning about Canada, and recently had the opportunity to taste maple syrup candy! Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup. Students learned about the importance of the Sugar Maple tree, and why the maple leaf is on the Canadian flag. Students had mixed reactions to the maple flavored candy, but the memory will last forever!

From left to right: William Holley, Dariyon Moore, Ethan Miles, Destiney Waggoner, and Saffire Lewis

Choosing a college and career path is not to be taken lightly. In the efforts to have our students begin thinking about college and careers, each 5th grade class was assigned a college to represent. Students conducted research on the universities to determine location, majors offered, requirements to attend, yearly cost, mascot, history of the college, and any major awards the school has received. Each student was also to consider a major offered at the assigned school that may interest him or her. Many of our students already have career goals in mind, and informing themselves of college requirements is allowing them to begin planning their individual paths of education. Mrs. Currid’s class – Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University, Mrs. Garrett’s class – Clemson University, Ms. Dickey’s class – Oklahoma State University, Mrs. Bush’s class – Southeastern Louisiana University, Mr. Stafford’s class – Emerald Coast Technical College

College Posters

College Posters

College Posters

College Posters

College Posters

 

Shout-out to Mrs. Stephenson's leadership class for their recent participation in the Mock Trial competition held at the Walton County Courthouse! Through this competition, students learn critical thinking skills, legal reasoning, analysis, and professionalism, as well as the structure and function of the courts and the legal process.

The following students participated in the event:
Jackson Campbell
Michelle De La Rosa
Emily Hicks
Amber Kendrick (Best Prosecution Witness)
Lorenzo Miodus-Santini
Tyler Morse (Best Defense Witness)
John Pennington
Fiona Robinson
Cody Warren (Best Defense & Prosecution Attorney)

WHS Mock Trial
WHS Mock Trial
WHS Mock Trial

STEM Symposium in Pensacola

January 27, 2020

It is an EPIC day at the STEM symposium in Pensacola.  Carrie Sneed, Christine Petersen, and Alecia Hogans attended the STEM Symposium in Pensacola. They are excited to bring some EPIC ideas back to Walton County teachers and students.

This two-day event hosted by Discovery Education and Santa Rosa County Public Schools focused on how to create a shared STEM vision, provide professional development to educators and administrators, and cultivate inquiry-based, transdisciplinary instruction to prepare students for their future.

Walton High School’s Culinary 1 students recently received hands-on experience with our Food Service Director, Robert Martin, in the Walton High School cafeteria and kitchen. Receiving goods and determining if anything needs to be rejected are important skills in the food service industry. Mr. Martin provided students with an invoice and products to examine, while Culinary Arts teacher Ms. Spice took students to check on the temperatures in the walk-in cooler and freezer as well as the rotation of goods in the store room.

WHS Culinary with Robert Martin

WHS Culinary with Robert Martin

WHS Culinary with Robert Martin

Mr. Stephen Byrd's instructional style proves that literacy matters in the career and technical subjects.  Students in Mr. Byrd's eighth grade ICT class recently learned to create simple web pages using HTML code by engaging in a paired programming activity.  In paired programming, one partner carefully reads aloud the task instructions for creating the web page, while the other partner listens and responds, creating the web page as they go.  In this hands-on lesson, students learn the importance of both reading carefully and listening closely, else their website creations will veer far off course.  At different points in the lesson, students switch roles so everyone gets to experience the reading, listening, and creating aspects of the assignment.  After this introductory lesson, students will delve into deeper detail about web design (colors, aesthetics, placement, alignment, proximity, etc.) throughout the unit, testing at the end to earn their industry certification in web design.  Mr. Byrd does an excellent job of building students' literacy and listening skills while equipping them with high-demand technology competencies.

Cover photo - A.J. Lardiere reads instructions for creating a web page, while Kyla Brown listens and follows along step-by-step.

WMS Byrd

Noah McKnight and Grace Bell practice paired programming.

WMS Byrd

Rolly Benitez and Gunner Sharp make a great team, showing off their completed web page.