Academy Early Years Students Celebrate a STEAM Christmas

Academy Early Years Students Celebrate a STEAM Christmas

Students in the Academy of Notre Dame Early Years program recently had the opportunity to explore and create STEAM projects with a Christmas twist in their Mini Makerspace.


The students, ranging from Pre-K, Kindergarten 1 (K1) and Kindergarten 2 (K2), all did their part in creating Christmas related projects. Choosing topics of interest and providing opportunities for creativity and exploration is the goal of the STEAM classes for the Early Years students.


“The Mini Makerspace in the Academy's Early Years program is a wonderful space for children to explore concepts in science, technology, art, engineering, and math, while capitalizing on their natural curiosity about the world around them," says Melissa Janes, M.Ed., Director of Early Childhood Education at the Academy. "It provides opportunities for both teacher-directed and child-directed learning experiences."


All students worked on engineering and building challenges, such as building Christmas trees from plastic cups and pom-poms and using transparent magnet tiles and bells on the light table. Each grade also participated in experiments specifically designed for their age level.


Pre-K students read How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss and demonstrated a chemical reaction by making Grinch slime. K1 students made predictions about the reaction of candy canes being placed in different solutions and used Christmas gift bows to explore static electricity.


Students in K2 designed safety parachutes for Santa to bring on his sleigh using recycled and consumable materials which they then tested out. K2 also explored chemical reactions and the concepts of dissolving and evaporation by creating two different types of crystals.


To learn more about the Academy's Early Years program, schedule a personal tour or register for our Tours & S'mores Open House on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up, visit