Thanks for a great school year! Enjoy your much deserved break. Let your curiosity lead you to try some stemmy things this summer. Feel free to email me about them. I would love to hear about them!
The third graders were challenged to build a basket using only 12 inches of tape and 3 paper plates. The basket was too hold the greatest number of eggs without falling out while the third grade Easter bunnies hopped a distance of 20 feet.
First grade practiced using the design cycle as they collaboratively designed and built a device to remove the leprechaun’s gold from the pot. The redesigned their device multiple times to see which one would remove the most gold in one minute.
The sixth graders experimented with different Snap Circuit kits in STEM lab.
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.
The third grade listened to the story The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst.
They then designed devices to attach to their backs that would carry a valentine (candy heart) a distance of 18 inches.
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