Robert Frost Middle School Science, Technology, and Engineering (STE)

Vision

We value STE Literacy, diversity, and the cultural backgrounds of our students.  As teachers, we will create varied opportunities for critical thinking, discourse, and rigorous instruction so that our students will/can communicate, write, read, and think like a scientist.

Department Members

CRedden   JGarber   JLee    CHarriot
Charm Redden
Science Resource Teacher
Grade 7 Team Leader
Jill Garber
Grades 6&7
Joy Lee
Grade 7
Christian Harriot
Grade 8
 LFishman  BGibbs  SVarghese  YWeitzel
Liz Fishman
Grade 8
Becky Gibbs
Grades 6&8
Sunila Varghese
Grade 6
Team Leader
Yvonkke Weitzel
Grade 6

Curriculum/Units of Study 

Grade 6 
Unit Title Content Focus
1 Matter and Its Interactions Topics include: Atoms, states of matter, phase changes and chemical reactions. Students will apply their understanding of chemistry to a real-life situation and design a solution.
2 Ecosystems Interactions Topics include: Biodiversity, ecosystem, food webs, competition, limiting factors. Students will use the information to create and maintain a habitat for a local species.
3 Human Impacts on the Environment Topics include: Renewable and non-renewable resources and the impact on the environment. Explore how human activity and use of resources impacts the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and consider alternative solutions for the products we make and the resources we use. Students will model a solution to a variety of environmental problems created from natural resource use.
4 Energy and Waves Topics include: Alternative energy sources such as electricity, magnetism, electrical energy production, conversions of different types of energy. Explore how light and sound behave. Students will create a model of a solar cooker.

Grade 7 
Unit Title Content Focus
1 Cellular Structure and Processes Students will learn that plants grown using hydroponics take in oxygen and nutrients at a quicker pace and use less energy to absorb them. Plants will be used to introduce the structure and function of living organisms, and students will learn about the characteristics of living things, parts of the cell, and cellular processes. Students will also learn what materials are required by living things, how the materials are delivered, and how these materials sustain life.
2 Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms Students will study the body systems of organisms and explore how the interactions of those systems affect overall functions. Students will learn about the levels of organization within an organism and the contribution cells provide a system as the basic building blocks of life. Students will explore how matter and energy are processed by organisms to build, maintain, and repair themselves.
3 Inheritance and Variation of Traits Students will study the principles of heredity and genetics. They will learn how organisms reproduce and transfer their genetic information to their offspring. Students will study how characteristics get passed on from generation to generation and research several genetic disorders that affect human offspring. Students will use biotechnical processes to explore the genetic characteristics of organisms. Students will conduct a DNA extraction and a microarray will be performed as a way of checking the genotypes of the offspring.
4 Earth’s History and Evolution Students will study Earth’s history, geological time, and explore how organisms have evolved. Students will examine the fossil record and construct explanations from mass extinctions. Students will explore the concepts of natural selection and adaption and will learn that traits of an organism can change as a result of environmental conditions or a need for survival. Student will explore the similarities between organisms and use biotechnical processes, such as DNA fingerprinting, as means of identification.

Grade 8 
Unit Title Content Focus
1 Forces, Motion, and Interactions Students will learn about kinetic and potential energy, describing motion, forces, and Newton’s Laws. Students will apply their understanding to design, create, and launch a model rocket.
2 Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe Students will learn about Earth’s motions, the reasons for seasons, gravity, and characteristics of the solar system, galaxy, and universe. Students will apply their understanding to evaluate the potential for life on other planets.
3 Weather and Climate Students will learn about geographical influences on climate, the water cycle, oceanic and atmospheric circulation, and climate change. Students will apply their understanding of these concepts to design and create “Green Homes” for different locations around the globe.
4 Earth’s Materials and Systems Students will learn about Earth’s structure, continental drift, plate tectonics, minerals, types of rocks, weathering and erosion. Students will apply their understanding of these concepts to design and create Earthquake resistant structures.

Events

RFMS STEAM and Culture Night!

This event will be held on Thursday, March 1st from 6:00-8:30 pm. If you choose to participate, we will have a space available for you and your equipment, and will try to honor any other requests you have. To sign up please complete the form at: https://goo.gl/forms/TpiQaUlPIHQrRnqs1

We hope you choose to be a part of this night, and get a chance to "Experience Excellence" and see why our students are some of the "Best Students on this Planet". Please let Charm Redden know if you have any questions at Charmian_Redden@mcpsmd.org.

Clubs

STEAM Ahead

Club Sponsor: Mrs. Gibbs

Invitation Only. An opportunity for students to come together, outside of the school day, to explore exciting science concepts using technology and the arts to better understand the world around us.

STEM Club

Club Sponsor: Mrs. Gibbs

Meets: Every other Thursday (Fall and Spring). Explore hands-on science concepts. Exciting Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics for all interest levels.

Final Frontiers

Club Sponsor: Mrs. Fishman

Final Frontiers is a Frost STEM Competition that occurs monthly. Each month students received a new challenge, which include Golf Ball Barrage, Lunar Bridge, MicroMass Tower, Newton’s Nightmare Test, Slow Roller, and the Mystery Event. Competitions are held at SOAR or lunch, which allow all students to participate. Once a month there is an afterschool building opportunity where students meet with their groups to design and build their project.