From the Appalachian Mountains and U.S. state capitals to rivers in Asia and climate in Antarctica, Upper Division students tested their geography knowledge today!
The winners of 15 individual classroom mini-bees gathered onstage for Evergreen's round of the 31st Annual National Geographic GeoBee, culminating in a final competition between the last two contestants remaining. The student audience kept busy working on the questions themselves while cheering on fellow students for a job well done, as the field narrowed.
Congratulations to GeoBee winner Lea R. (7th), and also to runner-up Stellan Min (8th)! Lea will take a qualifying test to determine if she advances to the statewide competition later this year.
Seattle is home to Theo Chocolate—the first organic and fair trade-certified chocolate factory in North America—and all three of our 2nd grade classes recently had the opportunity to visit for a tour. They learned about the many steps from cacao bean to chocolate bar, heard about the importance of fair trade to everyone from growers and producers to local consumers, and enjoyed checking out the factory machinery—and, of course, they also sampled plenty of chocolate!
Lindsey Own, coordinator of Evergreen's BIG Lab makerspace, is back from a week at the international STEM Fair in Shanghai, China. Lindsey presented a featured talk titled "Explicitly Building Engineering Mindsets with Young Children," in which she shared Evergreen's story from 2012, when we first began discussing the possibility of creating a makerspace, to today, when every student in the school applies their academic learning and engineering skills in the BIG Lab. She also facilitated a workshop titled "Growing STEM Mindsets with Simple Materials," where families visiting the STEM fair built mechanical pistons out of cardboard.