In today’s STEM session, the class was divided into groups and tried to create the perfect small catapults out of marshmallows, uncooked noodles, and a plastic spoon. After that they returned to their project groups to continue working on their houses and blueprints.
Today the fifth grade class began their catapult construction and were tasked to build a catapult that is accurate with a lot of power to travel up to 6 meters. Everyone built a catapult based on what they have been learning about simple machines or just out of creativity.
Today was the day for the class to complete their measurements and calculating the square feet of their home. When they were finished with that, they had to finish their spreadsheet they are using to calculate the total cost, per day, of each appliance they will be using in their home. While some group members did that, the others were working on transferring the information they got, onto their Google slides presentation. The presentation should include the following power used(in watts and kilowatts), time spent using it, days spent, and as said, total cost of usage.
Today, the class was tasked with coming up with the dimensions of their homes. They had to draw a layout of their home to use when they are making it on Google SketchUp, and they were given some requirements. They need to have one or more bathrooms, one or more kitchens, two or more bedrooms, and they were only given a total of 3,000 square feet to use for their entire house.
Today the class had a guest speaker, Mr. Nemeth, he came to talk to the class about the Walgreens net zero store to hopefully spark some ideas for the class to use in their green homes, or incorporate some things they saw in the video they were showed, to their home. For Math, everyone got the oppurtunity to look up the cost of any necessary applainces that they would have to have in their homes or might not have depending on their green home’s location. Each group was also able to look up the cost to power their homes using the specific energy source each group was assigned. To try and get into the swing of things, everyone tried out the Google sketch up program on the laptops to mess around with it and get an idea on how they will make their home.
Today the class began doing the research for their green home. They had to look up the area in which they would be living in, dealt out randomly. They had to further research the area, for example, the biome, weather, how are some of the homes already there powered, where are they going to get their power from, etc.
Today the class were taught the basics of a nuclear engineer and what their everyday workday looks like. The class also got to go into the hall to simulate what to do and wear when you enter a radiated area. One other activity they did was use ludlums to measure the counts/minute of random household items.
Today the class had to set up different types of circuits using their battery pack, light bulbs, and alligator clips. They then had to determine the voltage, current, and or resistance of each circuit using a multimeter. A few groups also got to make the lightbulb turn on using solar power.