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Creating S.T.E.A.M. Makers at Novi Woods Elementary

Novi Woods Elementary student team standing in front of their display with MI State Sen. Mike Kowall
Novi Woods Elementary student team standing in front of their display with MI State Senator Mike Kowall. L to R: Sen. Kowall, 4th Graders Joey Saeli, Katherine Chen, Nick Lindberg, Ava Mandhare

The 16th annual AT&T/MACUL/MVU Student Technology Showcase took place December 7, 2016 in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol building. The event featured nearly 40 student teams from around the state that showcased students demonstrating the use of classroom technology. This is a series to highlight the participating teams. Articles were submitted by each team.

The Novi Woods Elementary school student team project featured at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol focused on S.T.E.A.M. Makers and building a “Culture of Creation.”

Novi woods team display at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol.
The Novi Woods Elementary team display at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol.

S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) mastery for students comes in many ways. They use differentiated instruction to reach each student in their own process of learning along the way. They also use student voice to collaborate and contribute in teams.

“STEAM helps me think harder. I can use different coding programs during Media this year.” – Katherine Chen

Students demonstrated and shared how Makey Boards are used to create circuits and a working keyboard. They demonstrated how a keyboard was made and used with Google Chromebooks or Computers to work on different web sites to play Piano and PacMan.

Using the SeeSaw app, students shared through video, writing summaries, or photos their creations, experiences and steps of learning along the way. SeeSaw was also used as an exit ticket to reflect their thinking and share ideas and lessons learned with parents and classmates.

Students engage in learning and excel in the Leader in Me skills throughout the STEAM Maker process. The Leader in Me teamwork was also used with Keva Planks, and Hour of Code during Media to continue with their ‘Culture of Creation’.

For more photos from the event visit http://sts.macul.org/photos.  

Team Teacher/Mentor

Janis Canady is the Library Media Specialist for Novi Woods Elementary. For more information about her visit http://www.novi.k12.mi.us/nw/nwmc/.


The Novi Woods Elementary school is located in Novi, MI. It is committed to continuous improvement, and partnership with families and their community. For more about the school visit http://www.novi.k12.mi.us/nw.


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