November 22nd-December 3rd
With our first unit (Structures Around the World) behind us, we are now moving into our second major STEM Project.
Kindergartners are using toothpicks and marshmallows to create free-standing structures. We will start with basic shapes and then move into simple 3-D shapes, to learn how to manipulate these materials; however, by winter break I am expecting some truly magnificent structures. Already they are loving the engineering aspect of this project or maybe they are just smitten with eating a marshmallow now and again.
First graders are entering a LEGO and Measurement unit. In this unit, we are utilizing what we learned in the first unit to design and build a tall structure of LEGOs. Each week we will focus on using different objects to measure with. In the first session, much in the way a horse’s height is measured, we are using our own hands to measure our structures.
Second graders are smelling extra sweet! This may be because they are using sugar cubes and frosting to construct an arch in STEM. Did you know the earliest discovered arch was built 3,850 years ago. They can be seen in the coliseum and McDonald’s! How’s that for a connection? After the arches are built, we will be seeing whose arch can support the most weight!
Third graders are into heavy metal! Actually, I think it is considered a soft metal, but that is beside the point. Third graders are exploring the design process by trying to construct the tallest, free-standing tower using 14 feet of aluminum foil. Each week, they will focus on a re-design to beat the height achievement of the week before; of course, they all want to construct the tallest Foil Tower in 3rd grade!
The fourth graders will focus their efforts over the next several weeks investigating bridge designs and constructing their own bridge using 100 tongue depressors, a stick of modeling clay, and hot glue! After the bridges are built we will test their strength and see how much weight they will hold before collapsing!
If you are interested in seeing this first hand, please contact me with a day you would love to come in and volunteer!
Have a great holiday!