Testing Our Spaghetti Bridges!

This session was the day when the scholars were ready to test their spaghetti bridges from the last session. Although they were faced with the challenge of limited spaghetti, they crushed expectations, and most bridges held an exceedingly amount of weight. The heaviest load that a bridge had taken was about 9,250g. From testing their bridges, they can learn from any mistakes so that their next bridge can hold even more weight. Now, the scholars are ready to start their next project, which is a truss bridge made out of popsicle sticks.

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Slider Cards – Engineering

 

For this day, the sixth graders were given a challenge to slide a card with a sphere and an elevated ruler, which acts as a ramp, and measure how far the card slid across the surface. They learned to use more of their engineering skills to raise questions as to why the experiment did what it did. They had to use independent and dependent variables to figure out the question they had made.

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K’nex 2.0

During this session, the 6th graders reviewed their bridge vocabulary and tested two truss bridges made out of K’nex, which were a Baltimore and a Howe bridge, for breakage or buckling. In the end, they discovered that the Howe bridge was the best one to hold the most weight. As a result of the kids finding the best truss bridge, they have more knowledge going into their engineering course!

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K’nex Adventures

Today, the 6th graders started building bridges using. K’nex  in preparation for the bridge that they will present at the end of the year. The main task was to create a beam bridge and answer the question, “What would happen if you make a bridge longer?” After today, they will be able to construct their bridges  for 2019. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the 6th grade!

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Triangle Phenomenon!

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Today, the 6th graders had the challenge to create a structure full of triangles. After building said structures, they learned six new words that pertained to bridge making. These new words were compression, tension, bending, torsion, snapping, and buckling. They will use these new words and create techniques to avoid any breakage in their upcoming bridge building.

 

Synergy!

During the first half of science, the kids had to learn together as team to solve a puzzle. They had different pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and had to put them together for one final picture. There were two groups to tackle this challenge. One group had to complete the puzzle in under 45 seconds, and the another group had to solve it in under 30 seconds. They learned how to communicate as a team, which will surely help them as they continue in STEM.

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