Visitation Academy emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education from the earliest ages. Students in the Montessori Toddler and Montessori 3-6 program learn the foundations of numbers, math and science.
Beginning in Kindergarten, children begin working with robotics. Kindergarten students work with BeeBots, learning how to program the BeeBot to move around a grid.
The robotics program also allows the opportunity for differentiated instruction; students are able to advance to more complicated components and design as they master other components and concepts along the way. The program not only enhances student understanding of major physical science concepts, but extends that knowledge to use and application in problem solving, incorporating programming and engineering design.
Kindergarteners are also exposed to various aspects of STEM – this past fall, they built structures using dried spaghetti noodles and marshmallows, a project that allowed the students to begin to understand the process behind constructing a structure such as a building or a bridge.
“One of the strongest features of using robotics to teach math, science, engineering, technology (STEM) and communications is its ability to make links between multiple disciplines. Students are able to take what they know and connect it to what they are learning, synthesizing new knowledge as they continue,” said Margaret Karl, Lower School Principal.
Robots, iPads & Classrooms – Oh My! For more information about the important role technology plays in the Visitation Academy Lower School curriculum, please click here.