Saint Ann School offers a Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) program for students in Grades K to 8th. Saint Ann School uses its unique location in Ridgecrest to enhance its STEM program. The scientific background of the local community is used to support the school's STEM curricula through the formal Educational Partnership Agreement with the local Navy Installation, the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake. This agreement allows scientists and engineers from the Navy base to provide STEM classes during their normal work day. These scientists and engineers may also be parents or family members of current and past students. STEM project ideas from teachers are tailored to the interests of students and each grade's curriculum.
Around Halloween a popular STEM event is building catapults and trebuchets. A large trebuchet is used for a Middle School pumpkin chucking. This past Fall the base archeaologist presented Native American ancient artifacts to the 5th & 8th grades. Last Spring the China Lake biologist visited the 5th, 6th, and Kindergarten classes to speak about the desert tortoise. Students enjoyed observing a live tortoise in their classroom.
"If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment."
-- Ernest Rutherford, Father of Nuclear Physics, 1871 to 1937
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