Posts by wosilat

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

PHET and K’NEX

Today 6th grade finished up their PHETs and they started K’NEXs again. They were building beam bridges and they had to work as a team which they enjoy doing. They stayed really focused and had lots of fun even while answering questions on their worksheets. In math they worked on 3 dimensional figures, specifically cubes and they were so interested.

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Kinetic and Potential Energy

Today in 6th grade they continued to work on kinetic and potential energy. They had a experiment of getting a toothpick, with metal wrapped around a small part of it, to balance on different parts of their face and hands. They were so happy trying to get the toothpick to balance and eventually everyone got it. After this they worked on multiplication with big numbers,in math, and they were very impressive.
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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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