This Week in STEM Lab We Learned:
We learned all about the photographer Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley and his life's work of photographing snowflakes. We learned that all snowflakes are symmetrical and six sided. Our challenge was to use orgami paper to create hexagonal snowflakes.
This month is full of STEM challenges! We integrated the engineering design model and childrens literature to make learning fun!
We read the book The Biggest Snowman Ever! We planned and tested an investigation to strech our snowman to make it as tall as we could.
We watched part of The Polar Express and created jingle bell mazes. We also read about Tacky The Penguin and we created our own tacky penguins.
We are all about Turkeys this month. We Read the book Turkey Trouble and created disguises for our turkeys. We also read The Great Turkey Race and created turkey obstacle courses to for our turkeys.
We learned all about spiders and how they construct webs. Students planned and built their designs and tested their strength.
For the next two weeks students will be learning how to use the engineering design process and team work to make the longest paper chain possible from basic materials. We learned how there are teams that have made the longest paperchains in the world and watched how they worked together to accomplish the task. Students then created a plan, put it to action, and will be comparing and measuring their work.
This week we learned all about binary coding. Students created a binary braclete using their initals.
September 30- October 4
We are learning about 2D and 3D shapes this week and how we can use them to plan and build a paper robot.
How can we use magnets to move objects? That is our big idea this week! We read the book If You Bring a Mouse to School and sequenced the event in the story to create a story maze and used magnets to move the character through the story!
This week we learned all about force and motion, We read the book Perfect Square and learned how to use shapes and materials to construct a marble run.
This week we set up our STEM journals so we can utilize them all year. Students created pictures of themselves as STEMers.
- We read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- We learned about the engineering design process
- We learned how to create a 3D scuplture using basic everyday materials
- We read The Most Magnificent Thing
- We learned how to ask questions like scientists
I think... I wonder... I know...
- We were inventors and created our Most Magnificent Things!
Look for our Most Magnificent Things to come home this week with our science stems!