Posts by wosilat

Alumni from Big Shoulders Stem!! I go to Loyola Academy and I'm an intern

Structural Engineering!

Today in 6th grade the scholars learned about civic engineers and structural engineers. Their challenge was to build a structure with copy paper and tape that could carry a Geometry book for 30 seconds. They planned their projects by drawing out their structure and finding the weight of the Geometry book. They had a lot of fun and did a great job!

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Straw Towers!!

Today 6th grade worked on straw towers. They were given tape, scissors, and straws and they used these supplies to build their towers. They were so excited and room was buzzing with ideas and creativity. The challenge was to only use 50 straws and 3ft of tape to build their tower. Each straw “cost” 200$ a piece and tape was 100$ a piece, but they had a 10,000$ limit that they couldn’t go over. The goal was to have the strongest structure under metal grams that cost the least amount of money. The challenge went really well overall, and scholars had a lot of fun.

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09/16/17/-6th grade is the best class ever!!!!!

Today was the second session of the school year and 6th grade is still the best class. Today they learned about engineering and the process that engineers go through to design. Their project was to draw a design of a structure that could withstand an earthquake it’s called Shake-it-Up . They then took the design they made and used clay and straws to make their designs real. After they have to test how stable their structure is during an earthquake. They are super excited about this project and they did a really good job with their Shake-it-Up experiments. In fact, they all succeded on thier first trial. They are all super proud of themselves and their classmates.IMG_0390