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STEM-ology (a Hands-On Exploration of Mythology and Fantasy + STEAM Challenges)

Shiny Happy Kids Alexandra McCarty STEM DINOS ART
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Science meets storytelling in this literature-based STEM class. Explore mythology, fairy tales, folklore, and legends from a whole new perspective: as a scientist, an engineer, or an artist! Hands-on projects and STEAM challenges.

Class Experience

US Grade 1 - 4
  • This class is designed to inspire confidence and creativity in the STEAM/STEM fields : Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Through an imaginative, playful approach, students will explore concepts such as: strong structures, mass, force, balance, design process, cyphers and codes, simple machines, and more. As life-long learners, they will grow their ability to work with others, communicate their ideas and challenges, apply critical thinking and problem solving to creative and complex tasks, learn to trust their creativity and intuition, and develop the confidence to experiment through joyful, story-inspired science and engineering tasks. This class is built on the concept of Project-Based Learning. The challenges will be mostly open-ended, even though there are already proven ways to complete the project. The goal of this class is experimentation, collaboration, and creativity in a positive, affirming environment. The goal is NOT to be "right" or "wrong" but to be playful in our experimentation, discovery and curiosity.
I'm so excited to share my love of learning about the world with you!  I've been teaching STEAM and Social Studies topics like mythology, art, animals, science and more to preschool through middle school for 8 years through an independent STEAM education company, and I'm really looking forward to connecting with new students here on Outschool. 
Shiny Happy Kids is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, affirming space for all kinds of learners.  Growing up as ND and gifted kids, our ND teachers understand the need for classrooms where everyone gets to shine!
Each week, we will use some or all of the following:
Paper and pencil, construction paper, colored pencils/markers/crayons, building/construction blocks/toys (ie plastic building bricks), small manipulatives, sculpting materials such as clay, sculpey, or playdough, glue stick, scissors (adult assistance may be necessary), plain white paper plates, straws, popsicle sticks, tape, cardboard, paper towel rolls, etc.
A folder with pockets and brads is recommended, OR a blank, spiral-bound sketch book or journal (spiral-bound opens flat for ease of use), preferable one that opens horizontally for a side-by-side layout of reflection pages.

Printed materials will be provided before each meeting.  Access to a printer is required--but if none is available, please contact teacher to arrange an alternative solution. (We will do our best to make it work!)

Additional materials may be requested prior to individual classes, but they will be common household or office supplies that are easy to find in most homes.  Alternative suggestions are always available upon request if a student does not have access to a supply we will be using.
This class will reference mythology and fantasy stories and content, which are not always "happy endings."  Many myths involve themes of death, betrayal, loss, and destruction that some more sensitive learners will find disturbing.  All content and imagery will be presented in an age-appropriate manner, but adult caregivers should be sure to reach out to the instructor with any concerns so that the teacher can work with families on an appropriate solution.

Regarding supplies/activities:
Occasional movement activities will always be basic in nature (animal moves, etc) but please be sure to provide adult supervision if you feel it is necessary.  Participation in movement activities is never required.  Please contact the teacher with any concerns.

Allergy Note: Playdough may contain wheat, which could cause an allergic reaction if ingested in those sensitive to wheat gluten or with Celiac disease.  I am happy to provide a recipe for gluten-free playdough upon request, or suggest alternative supplies. 

Please provide adult assistance with cutting/scissor-use as needed per the parents' discretion and child's ability.

Joined April, 2020
Rising Star
Teacher expertise and credentials
Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in Music/Theater/Arts
Annette Frontz (Ms. Annette)
SHINY HAPPY KIDS is an educational organization that is committed to creating spaces where all kids can come together to explore ideas and face challenges together in a safe, inclusive, positive space.
The best part about our classroom is that we... 
Group Class


1x per week
50 min

Completed by 51 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 7-11
3-8 learners per class

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