STEM is an educational  approach to learning that uses  Science, Technology,  Engineering, and Mathematics as  access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue,  and critical thinking. Students will take thoughtful risks, engage in  experiential learning, persist in problem­ solving, embrace  collaboration, and work through  the creative process.
 
STEAMhorse  
 
What is STEM at CFES?
 
STEM will be hands­ on learning that is fun and focused on agriculture! Learning will include project based instruction that will encourage students to be problem ­solvers in the real world. The engineering design process shown below is a guide for problem ­solving and continuous improvement. This important process will be integrated into all subject areas during the school year. CFES has three common spaces that support each step of the Engineering Design Process and students will use those spaces and resources to work on projects and challenges. Grade level and school level projects such as composting and gardening will be a unique hands on learning experience. 
 
All Grade Levels Will Focus On :
 
Agriculture: School wide composting and the CFES Garden
 
Hydroponics 

Using the Engineering Design Process
 
Utilizing all CFES common spaces for classroom, grade level, and school wide challenges
 
Integrating STEM into all subject areas
 
Project based instruction
 
Focus on student led problem­ solving and critical thinking 
 
Creativespace
 
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Learning Design Process 
 
Using the Learning Design Process, teachers help to guide students through the engineering design process.  Professional development opportunities help to support teachers in designing classroom engineering challenges and activities. CFES has three common spaces that allow students to work through the Learning Design Process.  The Media Center, the Makerspace, and the STEAM lab all support various parts of the process and allow students to work independently, as a group, and as a class.  The common spaces also allow for students to go back through the Learning Design Process so that there is always improvement. 
 
Engineering Design Process

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Agricultural Focus
Colham Ferry Elementary School  is located in an agriculturally  based community.  We feel our  
students must make real world  connections with their physical  environment to understand how 
our community applies Science,  Technology, Engineering, Arts,  and Math.
 
 
How can you help?
Students must build a foundation  of critical thinking, problem­ solving, and creativity to compete  for future STEAM careers.  We  would like to utilize our  community resources and give  students positive experiences  that promote real world  connections. We encourage any  CFES stakeholders who have experience in the STEAM  disciplines to contact the Colham Ferry main office. (706) 769­ 7764
 
CFES is always looking for partners outside the school to help with demonstrations, presentations, classroom visits, sharing expertise with teachers, and/or a resource donation
 

Our VISION

Oconee County Schools will be a nationally-recognized leader in academic achievement by ensuring all students receive a rigorous, balanced education that will enable them to compete in and contribute to a global society.
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