Thank you for a great year in STEM lab!
I look forward to seeing what everyone accomplishes next year. Have a fun and safe summer break. You deserve it! Try to do something stemmy this summer and practice the design cycle and engineering habits of mind.
See you in August.
They then collaborated to solve the problem of how to keep the creepy carrots inside the carrot patch, but also keep Jasper, the rabbit, out.
They then designed and built their own coins that increased the probability that the coin would land on the “lucky” side.
St. Ed's Trash Talkers inspired out 1st graders
The 7th graders have been leaning about the scientific inquiry.
The third graders worked collaboratively to design and build a snowman that could change sizes. The snowman needed to have at least 2 segments and the segments needed to be connected in some way.
The kindergarten, first grade, and second grade each worked cooperatively to build a Christmas tree from 15 cups, a small cardboard tube, and a piece of cardboard. The finished tree was then decorated with pom pom ornaments. When the students became frustrated, we stopped class to discuss what was causing the frustration and how to overcome it. This challenge really helped the younger students practice resilience.
The 5th graders learned to use a compass to draw circles for a previous challenge. This week they put that skill to use by building the tables tree they could using only paper circles. The tallest tree built was close to 7 inches tall.
The kindergartners worked to build a prototype of a new hat for Santa that would stay on his head when delivering presents. The most difficult part of this challenge proved to be creating a hat that was 3D.
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