Today, the 6th graders were starting on their process of bridges. To prepare for the bridge that they will present at the end of the year, they used K’nex. 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!
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.
The 6th graders this session had gotten a chance to tour the beautiful buildings of Chicago. They learned the history of the buildings, what makes a building strong, and the science behind tall buildings. It is always fascinating to see how the skyscrapers came to be and how they are evolving!
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 had to complete the puzzle in under 45 seconds, but the other 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.
As summer ends, school begins. For their first day as 6th graders, they made a gadget to retrieve their snacks from a high level. They only used newspapers & tape, and all retrieved their snack successfully. One step down on the way to becoming an engineer!
Last session, the 6th graders created a tower that could withstand a mini earthquake. Today, the kids had to work together in order to build the tallest straw tower that is capable to support the weight of a book. They had to use limited amounts of tape and straws to create their tower and had to keep under a budget they were given.