Ms. Carter

What is STEAM?

  • S.T.E.A.M.  is project based, inquiry learning where students use the Engineering Design Process to solve real world  problems.

  • Students will engage in collaborative projects that are aligned to the Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards.

  • Students will plan and conduct investigations, analyze data and develop and build models to represent their solutions to problems.

  • Students will learn to work collaboratively, focusing on the importance of good teamwork.  

Ms. Carter- STEAM Teacher


My name is Marissa Carter and I have been teaching at PS 102 for 23 years! For the last 7 years, I have been teaching STEAM to students in grades K-5! This year I have the pleasure of teaching all the classes in grades 3-5 and 1 very special  2nd grade class. 

I love building and problem solving with all of the amazing young engineers at PS 102. It is so exciting to see the innovative and creative solutions they design to solve problems and complete the different challenges they are presented with!

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime with questions , concerns or just to chat about your child!

Resources for Families

   If your child is curious about science or how things are built,  here are a few websites they can explore! Each month I will be sharing different websites for your curious engineers. If you have discovered any cool websites, please share it with me! There are so many cool resources out there.

PBS- Science! Kids

Science Kids- Fun Science and Technology for Kids

Ask Dr. Universe


What's happening in...

 Grade 5 logo 

We are channeling our inner inventors to create a prototype of an  invention that can solve a classroom problem. Students are working in teams of 4 , using their imaginations and the Engineering Design Process to brainstorm solutions and build prototypes. This challenge was inspired by the 5th  Grade's unit of study in Reading and Writing on Inventors . 

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 Grade 4 logo  Engineers were asked to help Harry by creating a shelter 6 inches off the ground that could safely support Harry while keeping him safe from predators. This challenge was used to review team roles, practice use of  materials and overall teamwork. 

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 Grade 3 logo Engineers were asked to help Bobby the ball by designing a device to transfer him around the classroom without touching him. This challenge was used to review team roles, practice use of  materials and overall teamwork. 

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 grade 2 logo 

In class 2-325, we learned all about teamwork and how important effective communication is when working as a team. We practiced our communication skills through a verbally guided build with 3-D blocks. Our first team challenge is designing a device that can launch a pumpkin eraser the furthest distance. Following the steps of The Engineering Design Process, we first investigated simple machines, energy & force and how catapults work. Then we drew a detailed plan for our launching device and we are currently working on building and testing those devices.

5th Grade at Work!

4th Grade At Work!

3rd Grade At Work!

2nd Grade At Work!