During a recent STEAM collaboration in Middle School, seventh-grade students designed shelters to withstand rain and wind using only materials available in the environment.
As students explore how people historically survived off their surroundings in Ms. Hammons' Individuals and Societies class, their STEAM activity correlated with their current curriculum and helped give them a real-world example of sustainability.
The seventh-graders split into groups and spread out across specific sectors of campus, with the task of collecting resources found in that area only. After gathering supplies, the students met back in the classroom and had 15 minutes to build a shelter that could tolerate wind and water to a certain degree.
Following the activity, students used their critical thinking skills to discuss natural versus manufactured resources, how civilizations barter and trade and sustainable environments.
"We loved being able to express ourselves using natural resources," Aleyah Potapenko '27. "To help with sustainability, we decided to reduce, reuse and recycle by using trash to build our shelter along with natural resources found from trees and the ground around campus. It also gave us a look into how individuals historically survived and built homes using only the resources around them."