Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy’s Fifth Grade Students Present their Capstone Projects

Jackson Magnet’s 5th graders used their STEM knowledge and skills to create and present their capstone projects to 4th graders. In a capstone project, the students use the knowledge they have gained during the course of the school year and pursue independent research on a question or problem. During their investigations, they engage in scholarly debates and produce a substantial project that reflects a deep understanding of the topic. This year’s topic was “the impact of plastic on the ocean”.

On Thursday, Jackson Magnet students used interactive technology, such as iMovie, google slides, Scratch programming, and Caltech’s SKIES program to show their culminating products on the effect of plastic on the ocean. From a PSA, a jeopardy game, and even a video game, students wowed their peers with not only their knowledge of the ocean ecosystem, but how they presented the material.

In addition to the presentation, the 4th graders were able to ask questions to the 5th grade presenters. The projects demonstrated interdisciplinary learning through:

• English Language Arts — research and inquiry skills, persuasive writing
• Math —data collection and analysis
• Technology — programmi, editing, curating images, and video
• Science — Interdependence of Ecosystems and Human Impact on the Environment
• Engineering — upcycle projects, coding, designing solutions

This showcases the unique approach to curriculum and instruction through Project-Based interdisciplinary learning experiences at Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy. A great day of learning, shari, and growing was had by all!

Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy, 593 W. Woodbury Rd., Altadena, (626) 396-5700 or visit www.pusd.us/domain/14.




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