Forest Lake Elementary NASA Explorer School Magnet
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NASA Explorer School (NES)

At Forest Lake, we're proud to be a designated NASA Explorer School where we utilize the resources and research of NASA and have the latest technology at our fingertips.  It's not an uncommon sight to see a group of students, wearing NASA lab coats video conferencing with members of the NASA Team or conducting an experiment based on their studies.

We find these resources help ignite a lifelong love of learning in the elementary student and foster an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. But it doesn't end there.  The lessons learned through this unique program are integrated throughout our curriculum and provide the basis for school-wide programs and activities.

The foundation we help develop in the early years will provide them with the tools necessary for success in the middle and high school years.  At Forest Lake, we believe being a NASA Explorer School provides a unique opportunity to help launch students for success today and tomorrow.

Teachers and students will use and/or have the opportunity to participate in the following:

NASA Resources ~ NASA Explorer Lab ~ Project Lead the Way Launch Program
Video Conferences with NASA and STEM Specialist
NASA Family Nights ~ Civil Air Patrol Curriculum ~ VEX Robotics ~ STEAM Fest
Sphero Robotics ~ Invention Convention ~ Google: CS (Computer Science)
STARLab Portable Planetarium ~ State of the Art News Studio
Grade Level Musical Productions ~ After School Activities
Whole School NASA Units of Study


Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc)

The Elementary Learning Collaborative (eLc) at Forest Lake Elementary School builds its foundation upon the Integrated Curriculum Model as developed by the College of William and Mary’s Center for Gifted Education. In addition to all of the benefits of the NASA Explorer School program offered at Forest Lake, the Elementary Learning Collaborative magnet is designed to meet the needs of and challenge highly motivated students through units of study that provide an interdisciplinary approach to instruction.  Our curriculum is advanced and moves at an accelerated pace. Students will participate in multiple opportunities for the application of 21st Century learning skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The in-depth instruction is offered in all curricular areas and is supported through inquiry, research, and authentic problem-based learning activities.

For more information or to set up a visit contact Tonya Williams at tonwilliams@richland2.org or 803-782-0470 ext. 74254.