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Teacher: Tara Bahn who teaches at Hanover Public School District in HANOVER, PA. Tara Bahn can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: STEAM in PE

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To incorporate principles of science, technology, engineering, art and math in physical education curriculum.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Variety of gym equipment (cones, scooters, jump ropes, mats, agility ladder, medicine ball, etc.), 5 pencils, STEAM in PE graphic organizer, ,STEAM in PE time analysis sheet, 4 stop watches, GoPro camera if available


Students are presented with the challenge to create an obstacle course for their own age group using common PE equipment. Students work in groups of 4-6 people to discuss their ideas and design on paper their obstacle course (see STEAM in PE graphic organizer in materials section). Once their plan is reviewed students begin to build their course. Each team member runs the obstacle course twice while being timed by a classmate with a stop watch. Times are recorded on the STEAM in PE Time Analysis sheet (see above). Teacher and students can use GoPro camera to document their experience and share with classroom teacher, parents and school website.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Activity takes 3-4 class periods (40 minutes each). Limit available equipment to items students can safely move and set up themselves.

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Posted on PEC: 11/2/2017 and has received 0 votes.

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