Each student will be part of a small group of three to five other students. Working within these small collaborative groups, students will choose a type of plant, animal and/or ecosystem and create an animated film about it. Students will script, storyboard, sculpt clay and then video in stop-action motion to demonstrate what they know about plants, animals or ecosystems. The program incorporates North Carolina Science Essential Standards appropriate to different grade levels. Grades 2-3: each stage in its growth cycle as well as the factors that are necessary for it to grow. Grade 4: how an animal develops mechanisms or physical adaptations to survive in their habitat. Grade 5: what an ecosystem looks like and the animal life that would be found within that ecosystem. Grades 6-8: how living organisms are affected by diseases, environmental disasters, or matter changes.
Kim Silbaugh has been a teacher since 1980. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education, a Masters of Education degree in Technology in Education, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with emphasis in Technology. Kim has presented at National Conferences, received awards for excellence in education, as well as being a recipient of the Power of Art awarded by Robert Rauschenberg. She has been involved with the Kennedy Center teaching artist program, participated in an internship in Ravenna Italy doing mosaics, and has been accepted into juried shows for her steel and glass sculptures. Kim believes the arts are a natural pairing with other curricular areas of study and has taught several S.T.E.A.M. residencies.