Trash is becoming treasure at Bromwell. Bags filled with recyclable goods have made their way into Ms. Takano’s technology classroom, and you’ve never seen toilet paper rolls and plastic straws looks so cool, or ignite so many brain cells! New this year, in an effort to boost the school’s creative and innovative curriculum, Bromwell launched a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Lab. Once a week, each grade uses a portion of their “Tech” class to engineer, explore, and imagine. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have been learning about the design process and how essential it is to solving real-world problems. They have also been participating in group design challenges that have teams brainstorming, designing, building, and testing. “I knew the challenges would push the children intellectually, but the most rewarding outcome so far is watching their emotional and social growth,” said Takano. “Collaboration is a critical success factor and it takes practice. Learning to listen and plan collaboratively are skills that will last our students a lifetime,” she added. With the younger grades, the STEM Lab has begun by teaching that scientists are more than just people in white lab coats who make potions! Through the incorporation of the scientific method, students are being encouraged to ask questions and observe and wonder about the world around them. They are discovering that they are super scientists, too! Thank you to all the families who have been sending in their recyclables. Want to see your cereal boxes take on a new life? Here’s a complete STEM Lab donation list.