Washington iJag ( Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates) students are working with Truman 5th-graders this week on STEM activities.
The collaboration involves building a marble run or maze with a limited amount of resources available. The activities bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) into a collaborative process.
"The purpose of the STEM activity is to be creative, problem-solve, use critical thinking skills, collaborate and work on communication skills," said Sarah Dollmeyer, Washington iJAG Teacher.
Sarah Wright of Truman Elementary and Sarah Dollmeyer, Washington High School were looking for an activity to bring the classes together. They wanted all the students to work as a team for a common goal.
"The Washington students are helping the Truman students with carrying out their designs by guiding them and helping them along each step of the build," said Sarah Wright.
When the activity was finished, students evaluated what worked, what did not and how they could improve the design in the future.
The maze project brings together all aspects of the District's Profile of a Graduate.
Photos of the event.