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This document outlines how our current JHCM programs align to Wyoming State Standards (and NGSS). As TCSD#1 adopts new science curriculum, we can design programs that better fit the standards. Keep in touch, plan ahead, and we can make STEAMy magic happen! All of our lessons include labs that explore the scientific method and an engaging building challenge using recycled materials! *All programs can be adapted to a drop-box program with JHCM teacher led zoom instruction*

Marisa Laugen
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Who K - 5th Grade
What Our two-hour programs begin with interactive, student-centered scientific method lab stations. They end with big, messy, and material heavy building projects where students utilize newly acquired vocabulary and content while also enhancing their engineering literacy skills.
When All year long
Where JHCM, TCSD Classroom or Virtual
Why Our STEAM programs honor self-discovery in learning by providing the “space” for students to explore and express their learning using their own ideas and creative process.

Available Programs

JHCM Mimicry Lab

Students explore the concept of mimicry and biomimicry through interactive and imaginative games, labs and a final invention project.  They compare and contrast human inventions that have been inspired by the amazing adaptations of plants and animals. We focus on the adaptation of flight and how humans have mimicked birds, flying squirrels, insects, and even […]

  • 1-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures & Processes
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JHCM Variables in Chemistry Lab

Chemistry Experiment: Students explore and test experimental variables in this interactive and colorful cabbage chemistry lab.  In five lab stations that exhibit simple chemical reactions and large models of atoms and molecules, students discover the building blocks of chemistry and chemical reactions while also creating independent, dependent and control variables in experiments.  The culminating experiment […]

  • 5-PS1-1 Matter and Its Interactions
  • 5-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
  • 5-PS1-4 Matter and Its Interactions
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JHCM Energy Workshop

Students examine the Law of Conservation of Energy, which states that energy is neither created or destroyed. Through interactive lab stations, they explore seven different types of energy (light, heat, gravitational, motion, mechanical, chemical, sound, electricity) and determine how energy can be transformed form one type to another as well as the concepts of potential […]

  • 4-PS3-1 Energy
  • 4-PS3-2 Energy
  • 4-PS3-4 Energy
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JHCM Sir Isaac Newton Force and Motion Workshop

Students plan, design, engineer, test and improve their very own Newton Racers (a cardboard car) using recycled materials.  Students then use their cars to test Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion: The Law of Inertia, The Law of Acceleration and the Law that states, for every action there is an equal or opposite reaction.   […]

  • 3-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 3-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • 3-PS2-3 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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JHCM Engineering and Design Lab: Exploring the Properties of Materials

Students investigate and test the properties of different materials using the scientific method at five different stations where they explore the properties of hardness, flexibility, strength, shape and water resistance/ absorbency. They use these observations to design and build doll houses that can withstand different climatic and environmental problems using a variety of recycled materials. […]

  • 2-PS1-1 Matter and Its Interactions
  • 2-PS1-2 Matter and Its Interactions
  • 2-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
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JHCM Sound Lab

Students explore how we can hear, feel, and see sound waves through interactive and very LOUD sound stations that include:  a Theremin, Chladni plates, tuning forks with water, sand and ping pong balls, random instruments and our very own handmade wave gumdrop wave simulator.  Students are encouraged to jot notes and observations in their science […]

  • 1-PS4-1 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • 1-PS4-4 Waves & Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
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JHCM Force and Motion and Simple Machines: Car Build

Making cars with spinning wheels and axles, using REMIDA materials, that can be pushed and pulled.

  • K-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • K-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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