Reflection is one of the Engineering Habits of Mind our students practice. To end the school year, each class spent some time reviewing what they worked on in STEM lab and other “STEMMY” activities from other classes they participated in throughout the year. Grades 6, 7, and 8 collaborated to create a top 5 list. Kindergarten through grade 5 made a flower. Each petal was something specific to reflect on such as their favorite STEM lab activity or the most challenging thing they worked on in STEM lab. Based on the student responses, this year was a success!
This was the 8th grade’s solution to food insecurity. They created an app that will allow people who live in food desserts to order healthy foods that would then be delivered. This project was presented in Columbus at the Battelle STEM showcase.
Grade 7- Medieval Project/Can Races Using Static Electricity
The seventh graders really debated which projects they enjoyed most. The top votes were received by the Medieval Siege Towers and Battering rams and racing cans with the static electricity from a balloon. Their “Top Five List” rounds out with #3 standing on paper cups, #4 building a candy cane grabber, and #5 building a straw tower.
Grade 6- Foley Sound
The six graders greatly debated the order of numbers 2-5 of their “Top Five” STEM project list. Number 1 was very clear, the Foley Sound project. After reading a radio play in ELA class, the students came to STEM lab and added sound effects to a short script they found. The sounds needed to be made with object and not just their voices. Each group recorded the play with the added sound.
Grade 5- Making Paper Planes
The students were asked to build a paper airplane that was no longer than 20cm and flew the greatest distance using only a single sheet of paper. Many types of paper were provided to test their designs. This project was references ad the favorite STEM lab project, the best thing they learned this year, and what they will remember most.
Grade 4- Dash the Robot
The biggest surprises for grade 4 this year were learning that you could use Dash to participate in a design challenge, coming back to school and finding the NEW Makerspace, and learning about food insecurity.
Grade 3- Flag Pole
The hardest thing for third grade to learn this year was how to make a working flag pole. The flag pole was to be at least 20 cm tall and could only be constructed from newspaper, tape, and string.
Grade 2- Dash, 3D Pumpkins, and Collaboration
Many of the second graders wrote that their favorite STEM project was either working with Dash, making a 3D pumpkin, or building a dog sled. Most also said that the best thing the learned this year was how to collaborate.
Grade 1- Bubbles/”Never give up!”
The best thing the first graders learned this year was about bubbles. They were studying mixtures and solutions in science. In STEM lab we created various bubble solutions made from water and dish soap. The members of each team also used materials in the Makerspace to make a bubble wand to test the solutions. Their best advice for new students is to never give up!
Kindergarten- Mummies and Castle
Kindergarten really enjoyed working on the mummy project in October. Using only newspaper, tape, and toilet paper, the students were to work collaboratively to build the tallest mummy. They also really liked building their castle. From this were learned the value of resilience, another engineering habit of mind. When I tried to move it to the MPR, it fell apart. The students quickly thought of ways to improve the design it the opportunity to rebuild it ever presented itself.