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Silver Oak Elementary School's Fab Lab - Full STEAM Ahead opened in March 2017 and is the first dedicated STEAM lab in Evergreen School District. "We want children to have 21st century skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Fab Lab offers our kindergarten through 6th grade students fun, exciting, hands-on ways to explore these subjects. The projects they will work on will strengthen students' abilities to be creative and flexible problem-solvers," explains Silver Oak Principal Howie Greenfield.

Students in all grades take workshops where they learn introductory STEAM concepts and activities that are age and grade appropriate.

With Silver Oak PTO donations and Measure M monies, the Fab Lab is colorfully outfitted, wired for the latest technology, and equipped with materials and tools so students can take advantage of a space that promotes working on group projects. The lab has a new laser cutter and 3D printer and cardboard and wood building tools including glue guns, cardboard cutters, and drills. Various software and hardware kits are used in teaching technology lessons aligned to Next Gen science standards.

Got These? STEAM Lab Supplies Needed

Periodically The Fab Lab is in need of supplies for their experiments and projects. For the 2019-2020 school year, we are in need of bottle caps, bread clips, empty water bottles and clean plastic containers. If you can donate any we would greatly appreciate it. We'll take as many as you have and all year long! Items can be dropped off in the Fab Lab with Mrs. Gardener. Thank You.

Fab Lab STEAM Events

Throughout the year the Silver Oak Fab Lab provides hands on science learning for students in all grades. Some special activities during the year include Science Friday and STEAM Night.

Science Friday
On Friday's, students are invited to join Mrs. Gardener in the STEAM Lab, after they eat lunch, to participate in fun STEAM related activities. Come explore different topics and projects each Friday of every month.

First Friday of Month

Students make recycled craft projects and take them home. Maker Space 2019 dates: October 4, November 1, December 6

Second Friday of Month

Lego Club will meet the 2nd Friday of the month. Students interested in completing a Lego Design Challenge are invited to join us. Serious participates can use this time to start a robotics club. Lego 2019 dates: October 11, November 8, December 13

3rd Friday of the Month

3rd Friday of the Month will be Basic Coding – Students interested in working with and helping others learn how to do basic coding are invited to join us. Coding 2019 dates: October 18, November 15

4th Friday of the Month

Themed STEAM projects are what our 4th Friday of the month will create. For a small dollar amount, to cover supplies, students can join us to make theme related craft projects. Possible examples: October LED ghost or pumpkins. November – cinnamon slime or dancing corn. Theme STEAM 2019 dates: October 25, November 22

Mrs. Gardener's Activities

Brain Games

Here are fun and challenging Brain Games for you to enjoy. Check back for answers and to see what we post next.

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Experiments & Activities for Home

Have some fun with these simple experiments you can do at home using supplies you likely already have. Gather your supplies, make some predictions and see what science teaches you. Check back for explanations and to see what we post next.

Milk Magic

Snake Bubbles


Balancing Butterfly

Egg Float

Liquid Rainbow in a Jar

Currents Using Hot and Cold Water

Play Dough

Silver Oak Elementary School

  • 5000 Farnsworth Drive
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  • San Jose, CA 95138
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  • Phone: 408-223-4515
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  • Fax: 408-223-4540
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