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.

Testing Our Spaghetti Bridges!

This session was the day when the scholars were ready to test their spaghetti bridges from the last session. Although they were faced with the challenge of limited spaghetti, they crushed expectations, and most bridges held an exceedingly amount of weight. The heaviest load that a bridge had taken was about 9,250g. From testing their bridges, they can learn from any mistakes so that their next bridge can hold even more weight. Now, the scholars are ready to start their next project, which is a truss bridge made out of popsicle sticks.

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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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Slider Cards – Engineering


For this day, the sixth graders were given a challenge to slide a card with a sphere and an elevated ruler, which acts as a ramp, and measure how far the card slid across the surface. They learned to use more of their engineering skills to raise questions as to why the experiment did what it did. They had to use independent and dependent variables to figure out the question they had made.

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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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K’nex Adventures

Today, the 6th graders started building bridges using. K’nex  in preparation for the bridge that they will present at the end of the year. The main task was to create a beam bridge and answer the question, “What would happen if you make a bridge longer?” After today, they will be able to construct their bridges  for 2019. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the 6th grade!

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Triangle Phenomenon!

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Today, the 6th graders had the challenge to create a structure full of triangles. After building said structures, they learned six new words that pertained to bridge making. These new words were compression, tension, bending, torsion, snapping, and buckling. They will use these new words and create techniques to avoid any breakage in their upcoming bridge building.


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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