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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

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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


The fabulous labs and projects wouldn't be possible without the generous time and talent of our Silver Oak community. There are many opportunites available throughout the year. Please consider helping to lead and inspire our amazing students.

Robotics, Coding & 3D Printing

Any parent interested in taking the lead for a robotics club or want to share your coding skills or maybe help students with 3D printing, please email Mrs. Gardener

Science Friday Volunteers

One or all Fridays during the school lunch hours, volunteers assist Mrs. Gardener with labs and projects.

We would love for you to come and help us out. Lunches run from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Please sign up on Sign-up Genius

Fab Lab Volunteers

If you are able and interested in volunteering in the lab during classroom hours, please sign up via Sign Up Genius. Even just one hour of your time this year, would help out greatly. Hope you can find a grade, day, and time that works for you.

5th & 6th Grades Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering in a 5th or 6th grade STEAM lesson, please e-mail me directly. I will be happy to have you!

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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