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Community Service and STEM Collaboration with Archer High School
Mr. Stoker and his architectural design students from Archer High School were gracious enough to plan, design, and build our new walk-in coop for us. Mr. Stoker came over to Lovin and met with Second Grade to gather information on what we wanted. (Our original coop was a decent one, but the chickens needed more room to run, and we could not get inside to clean- - we really wanted one we could walk in.) The Archer students had to figure out the materials list and amount of supplies needed. When they were at Lovin for the build in May, the second graders came out and interviewed the Archer students about how they used math to build the coop.
We had five chickens at the time, and we now have expanded to nine! This year we hope to work with Mr. Stoker and his students to build a compost bin for our garden. Please see the attached document that explains how we tie the chickens into our AKS and our Community Service. We also donated a few dozen eggs to Ms. Emmons to use in her class at Archer High School for when they learned how to cook eggs all different ways.
Lovin Elementary School is a Georgia STEM Certified School!
Lovin became STEM Certified May 2018. We are very proud to be the first Title 1 school in Gwinnett County to become STEM Certified through the State of Georgia.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are paired with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school and our Archer community.
Each year, Lovin's second and third graders have the opportunity to join our Eco-Heroes Environmental Club! We meet after school about twice a month. We tie in STEAM into our outdoor classroom and environmental issues. This year we have planted bulbs, worked on composting, learned about rain barrels, pruned, and cooked! We will also be building insect houses with someone from the UGA Extension program and planting seeds to grow seedlings for our spring garden! Two of the teachers that work with the Eco-Heroes are certified Master Gardeners! If you love gardening, and you would like to come help out with our club, please contact Mrs. Hennebaul at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check Out What's Happening with STEAM
Have you heard about all schools in the Archer cluster having an Aquaponics Systems? What is that you ask? AgSTEM incorporates Agriculture with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. What does one have to do with the other? Aquaponics is a farming method that connects aquaculture (i.e. fish production) to hydroponic plant growth in a circulating system that utilizes 90% less water than traditional growing methods. The fish provide water and nutrients to feed the growth of plants.
Thanks to a partnership with Mercer University’s STEM Education Innovation (SEI) Lab, Gwinnett’s Soil and Water Conservation District, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Lawrenceville District office, and the University of Georgia's Warnell College of Forestry, these systems will engage Archer’s elementary, middle, and high school students in cross-curricular learning that supports grade-level academic standards while deepening students' understanding of the science behind growing food. By building upon this experience all the way through high school, Archer educators envision a rich learning experience that connects academics to real, global issues like food security, resource conservation and human impacts on the natural environment.
And now, the Archer cluster is "growing" even more! Thanks to a generous donation from Grace New Hope Church, we now have a greenhouse - complete with an aquaponics system. Our goal is to produce enough vegetables to host a cluster-wide farmers' market. This would not be possible without the collaborative efforts and support of all our partners mentioned above. Thank you for helping us grow!
Click here for an article about the Archer School Clusters' AgStem program: Gwinnett Teachers Embrace Innovative Approach to Urban Conservation Education