First grade, second grade, and kindergarten worked on a challenge called Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.
The students needed to work collaboratively to build a device that would protect a heart shaped sucker from breaking when dropped on the ground. The students really wrapped the lollipops well in items like bubble wrap, fleece fabric, and cotton balls. Many groups then designed containers to go around the wrapped bundles. They had so much fun dropping their creations to see how well they worked.
Grade 4 learned about food chains in their Science class. They worked collaboratively to research a food chain and make it part of a marble run design challenge.
The marble traveled the same path as the energy traveled in their food chain.
Grade 5 has been studying force and motion in their Science class. In STEM lab, they applied what they have learned and built roller coasters using only cardboard and tape.
Design Cycle- the process used by the student to plan for, build, test, and redesign prototypes
Engineering Habits of Mind- curiosity, collaboration, open-mindedness, resilience, resourcefulness, reflection, ethical consideration
Makerspace- a space where students at all grade levels can share equipment, materials, and knowledge to create, plan, fail, learn, and revise products that individually they could not complete due to lack of resources, time, or space.
PBL- Project Based Learning
STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math