Today, 6th grade worked on PHET. This program helps them design and build roller coaster and explore how friction effects it. They stayed really focused and had a lot of fun building those roller coasters.
Today 6th grade went to the Architecture Foundation for a field trip. They learned about building structures and how they are supported by arches and other building tools. They had a tour outside exploring real buildings and their supports. They had a lot of fun even though it was freezing and they were well behaved too.
The seventh graders began exploring Google SketchUp. They practiced making and designing houses. They made doors, windows, roofs, and even arches. They built unique houses and painted them.
Over these past few sessions of STEM, 8th graders started working with Makey Makeys to have an introduction to programming. One project that the 8th graders have been working on is creating a holiday Christmas card. With this project the students used the Makey Makeys and scratch to make an interactive programmed Christmas card. Another activity the students the students are currently working on is using the Makey Makeys and scratch to create some type of game controller that will be able to work with online games. First, the students need to think about an idea, write the code in scratch, and then create a game controller out of the provided materials(card board, foil, tape, glue). Overall this experience went really well for the 8th graders because they were able to gain the knowledge of programming.
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.
This week, the seventh graders carried out experiments to see whether regular lights or LED lights were more efficient. The students split up into five groups. Each group had a battery pack with two batteries, six wires, three regular bulbs, and three LED bulbs. They had to set up different types of circuits, such as series or parallel, for both of the kinds of lights. They then used multimeters to measure the voltage in volts and current in amperes.
Today the class became forensic scientists. Someone has stolen Red Riding Hood’s basket, and it’s up to the 5th grade STEM scholars to find out who. Using methods such as analyzing DNA, fingerprints, shoeprints, hand writing, and chromatography to get to the bottom of this case. For example, the detectives had to compare a note that was found at the scene, presumably written by the thief. With 4 different samples of handwriting, the detectives compared the writng to the note that was found. Bringing them one step closer to uncovering the mystery. The detectives took turns rotating stations, filling out a packet detailing thier findings in this investigation. Clue by clue, the culprit of this crime became apparent.
The seventh graders had to design catapults that would be able to launch a marshmallow the farthest. They only had ten minutes to plan and work together to build their catapults. The materials they had to utilize were popsicle sticks, rubber bands, a binder clip, a spoon, and some marshmallows to test their structures.