• Our scholars are challenged to be proactive and design, create and discover something new and exciting each and every day. The STEM program at Vanceboro Farm Life encourages students to synergize with others and the world around them to learn and discover how our world works and how we fit into it.


  Mrs. Debi Davis



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Mrs. Debi Davis

Mrs. Debi works with students in the STEM program. She has been with Craven County Schools for 19 years now, the past three in the STEM lab. She loves spending time with her 2 children, Andrea & Aaron. She is also an avid animal lover, always stopping to add a new stray to her family.

  • Shadows

    Posted by Debra Davis on 2/10/2020

    3rd grade has been working on shadows and the Earth's rotation. We traced our shadows and then traced again later in the day to see how the earth had moved and how our shadows changed. We also traced shadows of animals in the classroom and moved our "sun" to see how they would change. shadows shadows shadows

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  • 1st Grade Rocks!

    Posted by Debra Davis on 1/30/2020

    sed rocks rocks rocks rocks Today 1st grade began their study on rocks. They learned that there are 3 main types of rock and how they are formed. They looked at several different types of rock under a magnifying glass and determined if the rocks were igneious, sedimentary or metamorphic. Then they created sedimentary rocks with marshmallows and m&m's for a sweet treat!

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    Posted by Debra Davis on 12/3/2019

    CJ Hour of Code 1st grade coding mats (k) coding mats (k) HOC All Students in our school will participate in the global Hour of Code. We will stretch it out over the next few weeks so that every child is coding for at least an hour. The Hour of code is a global movement by Computer Science Education week and code.org. It reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. It is a time set aside so that students can learn the basics of coding and improve on the skills they already have. Ask your child what they have been working on.

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  • Thanksgiving STEM Challenges

    Posted by Debra Davis on 11/17/2019

    Design a Mayflower gratitude game turkey trap mayflower 3D turkey We have an exciting week ahead in STEM! 

    We are working on STEM challenges with a Thanksgiving theme. We have students who are designing and building Mayflowers to transport the pilgrims and their belongings across the water. Other students will chose to construct a teeppee. We have some who are creating mazes for their turkeys to wander through while others decide to design and engineer a turkey trap. We have an engineering Gratitude game (pick up stix) where the student has to figure out how to remove a stick without it affecting the others and then (based on the color of the stick) say what they are thankful for. I have heard a lot of awesome things from your children!  Some of our engineers are creating turkeys from cardboard and others are using an algorithm to draw a Thanksgiving picture. 

    Our kindergarten students are learning about force and motion with our apple roll. They are learning why an apple rolls, how to make it roll faster with force and heights of the ramp, learning about Newtons law of gravity and even about friction slowing our apples down. 

    As you can see it's a busy week ahead!

    I hope that you each have a wonderful Thanksgivng celebration with family and friends!

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  • World Kindness Day

    Posted by Debra Davis on 11/13/2019

    kindness November 13th is World Kindness Day! We learned that plants respond to our voices and can flourish from us talking to them so we decided to do an experiment to see if it mattered what we said or how we said it.  We took two plants that have been taken care of the exact same way for the past few weeks. One plant we spoke only kind words to, gave it high fives and even some kisses.  The other plant we bullied. After a few weeks we have one plant that is doing well and the other one ???  dying!  It seems that our unkind words can affect the plants the same way it affects our friends. We learned that in order to be good friends we should never hurt someone else and make them feel like the 2nd plant. 

    So next experiment.... We will talk sweetly to the plant we bullied and see if we can bring it back. Wish us luck.


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  • Coding, Robotics & More

    Posted by Debra Davis on 11/6/2019

    cublets sphryo dash dash As we continue working to ensure that our students are ready for the 21st century we are focusing on coding and robotics.

    Our kindergarten & 1st grade have been coding hotwheel cars, manuerving them from a starting line to a finish line and around  volcanos! 

     2nd grade have been introduced to our Dash robots while 3rd worked to finish up their green screen projects. 

    4th grade were introduced to Sphryo, a robot that can be coded just like Dash. 

    Our 5th grade students have been working on water conservation. They have researched ways to save water and why water needs to be conserved. They have worked on storyboards and will put their final thoughts down on posters which will be entered into the water conservation poters contest through the Ag Ext office on November 22nd. 

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  • More coding & Robotics

    Posted by Debra Davis on 10/15/2019

    This week we have been working on coding games (grades 2-3) and coding our Dash robots (grades 4 -5 )  Kindergarten is still working on basic expectations with Mrs. Hatcher. Look for a paper coming home this week with information as to how you can get a parent account and see what your child is doing in STEM.

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  • STEM Challenge Boxes

    Posted by `Mrs. Debi on 10/1/2019

    oil spill VR headsets sink or float dino hunt snap circuits This week we are working on our STEM challenge boxes. These boxes offer a variety of activities as you will see in our photo gallery. The students have been working on making low voltage electrical circuits, building bridges and towers, decoding secret messages, digital breakouts, parachutes, learning how to contain an oil spill in the ocean and coding Bee Bots while learning about dinosaur species. It's been an exciting week with so many different activities going on! Check out our photo galley and catch a glimpse of your child working hard.

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  • IPad usage and care

    Posted by Debra Davis on 9/26/2019

    This week we have been going over iPad usage at school. We know NEVER to give out our personal information to anyone. We have promised not to bully in person as well as online. We know how to stay safe online. 

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  • coding

    Posted by Debra Davis on 9/14/2019

    Last week in STEM we worked on coding. We learned who uses coding in their jobs. You would be surprised to learn how many different jobs use coding. Coding is the process of using a programming language to get a computer to behave how you want it to. We worked on screen free coding by turning our classmates into robots and we coded them to do what we wanted them to do. Walk, jump, turn, etc.

    This week we will focus on things that sink or float. We will determine if items will float or sink based on their properties. We will be building boats that will hold 50 pennies!! We will also use methods besides pushing them to make them move. Ask your child what they used to make their boat move.

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