Welcome to STEAM for Grades K to 2 at P.S. 102!


What is STEAM?

STEAM is fun, hands-on learning that accomplishes so much. Even the youngest "STEAMers" start to learn about the engineering design process. Students learn to work in teams and to ask questions, to solve problems, to experiment and to test their ideas, as well as to make improvements to their designs. Our youngest STEAM students actively learn about themselves and the world around them through lessons emphasizing Health, Science, and Sustainability. STEAM K-2 prepares students to go on to do great things in Mrs. Carter's 3-5 STEAM program as well as to go on and become healthy, critically-thinking, problem-solving global citizens. 

Expanding on Bridge Building in Grs 1 and 2

First and Second Graders took their bridge building to the next level by taking on the Spider Bridge Challenge. STEAMers learned some ways that engineers--both human and spider--make their bridges strong. Students compared and contrasted real-world bridges and spider webs. Next, STEAMers worked with a partner to create a plan to build their own bridge with cups, tape, and yarn strong enough to hold up to 5 interlocking cubes. Then, teams built their bridges and tested their bridges' strength. STEAMers had so much fun and are becoming smarter engineers with every build!

Designing Seed's Costume in Kindergarten and Gr 1

Kindergartners and First Graders worked hard on teamwork skills. They then used these skills to work with a partner and the engineering design process to make a costume for the Bad Seed. First, teams worked together to agree on a costume for Seed and created a plan with crayons. Then, teams used small pieces of fancy paper and glue to make Seed's Costume based on their plans. Teams presented their creations to the class and then for the biggest challenge, teams decided which teammate would bring the plan home and which teammate would bring the costume home. STEAMers persisted and rose to the challenge! Well done!

Sculpting What Makes You Unique in Kindergarten

Students learned what the letters of STEAM stand for and they were introduced to the engineering design process. Students worked on the Social Emotional Learning concepts that people can be similar and different as well as that everyone is unique. Students created sculptures of their favorite things to show what makes them unique. 

Connecting Differences by Bridge Building in Gr 1

First graders reviewed the engineering design process. They enjoyed Social Emotional Learning lessons that covered identifying feelings and accepting differences in others. They applied these concepts to their first build, which was a bridge that represented connecting to others despite differences. They did an amazing job asking questions, identifying problems, making plans to build their bridges, and finally building and testing their designs. 

Celebrating Differences by Bridge Building in Gr 2

Second graders reviewed the engineering design process. Students enjoyed Social Emotional Learning lessons that covered the concepts of expressing frustration and anger in healthy ways as well as that differences can enrich friendships. We read Minh Le's wonderful book, Drawn Together, and then built bridges out of straws and tape to represent the connection the characters made despite their differences. They all did a wonderful job!

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More About Ms. Stepto

With a background in Special Education (Hunter College) and Health Education (Lehman College), I am super excited to teach STEAM as well as to be P.S. 102's Sustainability Coordinator. I am most passionate about helping students improve their own health outcomes and to learn work together to make the world a better place. My favorite things to do are cooking, gardening, and yoga. I am looking forward to meeting you and working together for our P.S. 102 kids!