Our Work

Henderson Mill’s premier STEAM program utilizes the Project-Based Learning method.

What is “Project-Based Learning”? 

HMES’ STEAM program is taught via the project-based learning (PBL) method. PBL is a practice that takes a “learning by doing” approach. Through a series of hands-on experiences, students study one real-world problem and then identify solutions for it. 

For example, in a traditional education program, students may simply read about the life cycle of a monarch. In a PBL education program, students actually build habitats for caterpillars to grow. Along the way, the students discuss what they learn and paint pictures of each stage. 

Each year, the students take on new global issues. For the students that are fortunate to spend their entire elementary years at HMES, these PBLs build upon each other with each successive year. 

Scroll down for photos from some of our many projects and PBLs!



Our Guest Speakers

Working scientists and artists speak to students about their professions and lead in-class activities.

Our Morning News

Each morning, students write, produce, and host a morning news program to relay current events in STEM / STEAM.

Our Learning Garden

As they maintain garden plots throughout the year, each grade studies a different discipline of science including horticulture, food science, and more.

Our Rainbow Trout ‘Small Fry to Go’ Program

HMES STEAM Partner “Small Fry to Go” sets up a habitat that allows students to raise rainbow trout and observe the life cycle. When the trout reach maturity, 2nd and 4th graders take a field trip to release the trout into the Chattahoochee River.

Our Monarch PBL

Students set up habitats for caterpillars to grow into butterflies; along the way, students observe and paint their life cycles.

Our Mars PBL

After studying Mars’ topography, students create art to illustrate what they learned.

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