About the STEM committee: The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Learning Committee is a group of parents interested in helping to enrich Runnymede through hands-on science, mathematics and technology opportunities that focus on the reinforcement of the mathematics and science curricula.
If you would like to join or help, please contact the STEM committee chairs Tasha Balla-Boudreau and Dave Begleiter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past our activities have included:
- Facilitating STEM enrichment activities in the school, including:
- Fun, in-class math activities for kindergarten students
- The Amazing MATH Race for students in grades 1-4
- Classroom enrichment programs such as University of Toronto Engineering Outreach for students in grades 5-8
- Creating hands-on science “kits” and procuring science manipulatives for students in kindergarten – grade 8
- Sourcing math manipulatives for all grade levels, to make math more hands-on and fun
- Dispatching a team of parents to assist in the installation of school technology and to make sure all computer systems are up and running for immediate, in-class use
- Sourcing additional funding and instructional support for in-school technology as well as STEM subjects
STEM Activities During the Month of June
June is a busy month for Runnymede students, with hands-on STEM learning going on inside and outside the classroom. Here’s what you can expect for your child:
Junior and senior students will be participating in a variety of STEM Enrichment programming at Runnymede. In the past these events have included Future Goals: Hockey Scholar STEM Learning sessions and University of Toronto Engineering Outreach programs.
Primary students (grades 1 – 4) will be participating in the Amazing Math Race. This is a half-day, off-site, fun math event where students run around and use their math and team-work skills.
Dates: Each grade will have a specific day in the last half of June (likely between June 17th and June 26th, 2019).
Time: 12:00 – 3:15 pm
Grade Leads Needed! We’re looking for parents who can do a bit of preliminary organization and help lead the Amazing Math Race for their child’s grade. If you’re interested in being a Grade Lead or if you simply want to volunteer for a half-day of fun math activities with your child on the day of the event, please get in touch at runnymedeSTEMcommittee@gmail.com. No math expertise required!
Kindergarten students will be participating in the Angry Birds Math activity where they get to stand up and measure, build, sort, graph and LAUNCH Angry Birds!
Dates and times are TBC, but each class will participate in a half-day activity (9:00 – 11:30 am or 12:30 – 3:00 pm). The Angry Birds Math activity usually runs in late May / early June once students have covered most of the math curriculum.
Interested in volunteering in your child’s class for this activity? Please email email@example.com.
Robotics at Runnymede
Runnymede is extremely fortunate to host two competitive FIRST LEGO league robotics teams. Tryouts are hosted in the spring for students who will be in grades 4-8 the following school year. Teams get straight to work as soon as school starts on their annual challenges.
What is FLL? FLL combines basic robotic programming and scientific discovery with team work and product development culminating in a fun and friendly showcase competition. In FLL coaches become mentors and the students work to find solutions together. Visit FLL League for more information about this worldwide phenomenon.
Runnymede Robotics would like to say thank you to the teachers who made their competitive teams possible last year: Ms. Moldawa and Mr. Shteiman from Runnymede and Mr. Wang, teacher at Western Technical-Commercial School and lead Mentor for WTCS’s Warp 7 Robotics Team. Thanks also to WTCS‘s Principal Pang for her gracious support. We are lucky to have WTCS as our neighbour.
We would also like to thank Head Coach Susan Armstrong as well as Coaches Tasha Balla-Boudreau, Stuart Hutchinson, Erin Meana and Steve Thoms for their support.
Visit the team’s website to find out about our projects and for helpful hints on LEGO building, programming and crazy STEM fun!
Interested in learning programming at home? Check out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s site SCRATCH. This site encourages kids to program using blocks of code that they connect to make scripts. They can “see inside” the programs of posted games and learn from others, or follow the tutorials provided.
Any parent interested in helping promote the Math and Science curricula at Runnymede is welcome to join the STEM committee – we’d love to have you! No specific skills are required. Please contact us to learn more or to join.