Solar System and Bridge Design

The scholars started to work on their bridges. Thehh created some bluprints and got them approved. Some started to work on them right away, while others chose to practice. One of the bridges was never created before here in STEM. So, it’s exciting to see what happens. After that, they created a solar system with mints and strings. It was a solid day for the scholars.

Spaghetti Bridges

The scholars are back! Today, they started to build a bridge made out of spaghetti. We had a surprise guest, Harper. She explored the classroom helping everyone out. She learned a lot about bridges and created some things of her own. They had to measure how much weight their spaghetti bridges can hold. They all had a blast creating their bridges. They are excited to test it out next week. Now, the weather is getting nicer, so no one is going to freeze.

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History Museum Field Trip

We changed locations. Instead of going to Holy Trinity, the scholars went to the chicago history museum. They learned about tye differnt parts of Chicago’s history. From the Great Chicago Fire, to the many marches for human rights. They saw the different locations of Chicago areas. After that, they ended their day with a nice movie. It was cold, but everyone had a great time.

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Back from Winter Break!

Today, Ms. Flowers did a very interesting experiment, which demonstrated how dependent and independent variables work. She later explained everything and taught the importance of asking questions. The scholars struggled with some vocabulary, but it’s okay to make mistakes. After that, they created more bridges! They created a warren truss bridge with Knex and worked together to create a bigger, stronger bridge. Another great day of learning from our mistakes to and move forward.

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Clips, Balloons, and Sticks

Today, the sixth graders discused about their amazing field trip in the Chicago Architecture center. They learned how to actively listen to each other. Then, they worked as a team to move a balloon around so that everyone can touch it. After that, they explore building diferent structures. After that, they proceeded with their final challenge, creating something that is tall or something that is made of just triangles

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Session 4: Building Towers

In science, the scholars were building towers today. With a lot of determintion, many of them managed to keep it straight. After that, they built another tower and learned about trusses. One thing they had learned was that triangles are the stongest shape to use to build bridges and towers. Soon, they will use their new knowledge so that they can build their own strong bridge.


2nd Day of Sixth Grade

Today, the scholars learned about how to work as a team to flip a cup. They tried many different types of methods. Many were successful, but some will learn from their mistakes. Also, they had to work together to create the highest tower, but they could only use their cups. In math, the scholars learned about variables and played a game to further help them.

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