STEM is an integrated approach to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

These programs embed the competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, managing information, creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration and personal growth and well-being.

Students use knowledge and strategic skills to apply the engineering and design process to solve challenges.

Transportation (K-2)

Through storytelling, movement and hands-on activities, students are engaged in creating a variety of modes of transportation using specialized materials. Students will explore early science principles in an interactive way. (Kindergarten to Grade 2)

  • 1 volunteer per 4 students

Design and Engineering Process (K-6)

Students will be immersed in the design & engineering process to solve a challenge. Students will create, test and modify original plans to improve the integrity of their designs. They will present their creations to their peers. (Kindergarten to Grade 6)

  • 1 volunteer per 4 students

Very hands-on and a great relation to grade 4 science units where students have to work in groups, plan and design and then engineer something. I loved how the challenges changed and the students could not repeat a previous design. The Presenter was great with classroom management and stopped the students to listen and hear the instructions to the next challenge. The students loved it and it really helped move into the science units. I used it as an introduction to the wheels and levers and building devices that move grade 4 units.

D.S.; Grade 4 Teacher;FFCA NW Elementary

Bridges (2-6)

By examining bridge design, students will recognize different forces acting on a bridge, types of bridges and how they work. As a team, students will have an opportunity to build and test their own bridge. (Grade 2 to 6)

  • 1 volunteer per 4 students

This session was very engaging. It required our students to use their problem-solving skills as well as work as a team. They were able to build amazing bridges because of the structure of the session.

D.P., Grade 3 TeacherAnne Fitzgerald School

Inclined Plane (3-6)

Students will learn how an inclined plane works then build and modify a model. Presented with an interesting challenge, students will use their design and engineering skills to solve a real world problem. (Grade 3 to 6)

  • 2-4 volunteers

Levers (3-6)

Students will be actively engaged in learning about 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers and mechanical advantage as they build, test and modify a model of each type. Students will use their knowledge to design and engineer a custom lever to solve a variety of challenges. (Grade 3 to 6)

  • 2-4 volunteers

Pulleys (3-6)

Students will explore the fundamentals of a pulley system and how to create mechanical advantage. By designing and engineering a custom pulley system, students will be able to apply their knowledge to solve a challenge. (Grade 3 to 6)

  • 2-4 volunteers

Wheel & Axle (3-6)

Real life applications will be explored as students learn about the wheel & axle. Students will build and modify a model as they explore the basic elements and purpose of this simple machine and discover how mechanical advantage is used. By applying this knowledge, students will be able to design and engineer a custom wheel & axle to solve a challenge. (Grade 3 to 6)

  • 2-4 volunteers

Wedge (3-6)

What is a wedge and how is it used in real life applications? Can a wedge be modified to increase mechanical advantage? These concepts and more are explored as students design, build, modify and engineer a wedge model and then use this information to create a specialized wedge to solve a challenge. (Grade 3 to 6)

  • 2-4 volunteers

Screw (3-6)

Students will learn that a screw is an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder that can either push, pull or hold materials together. Through exploring real life applications, students will build a model. Presented with a challenge, students will design and engineer a solution. (Grade 3 to 6)

  • 2-4 volunteers

This field trip was super engaging and hands-on. Love the different types of bridges that can be built.

K.H., Grade 4 TeacherKeenooshayo School