Leading the way in Cypress Trails Elementary School’s STEM initiative is kindergarten teacher Angelita Browne. Browne has been teaching the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by empowering her students to make observations of real world seeds and plants by cultivating a school garden.
Students learned to observe, describe and tend the plants, and note all the changes that occurred. The students pulled weeds, dug holes and planted. They also made hypotheses about what conditions are optimal for their garden.
“I am so proud of the vegetable garden they have created,” Principal Tameka Robinson said. “This experience has provided an opportunity to collaborate, cultivate and really employ their critical-thinking skills, which increases student engagement. We are so excited about the hands-on activities we are implementing into our curriculum with the STEM initiative.”
ABOVE: Angelita Browne and Principal Tameka Robinson lead STEM students in the school’s garden.