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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Session 4: Building Towers

In science, the scholars were building towers today. With a lot of determintion, many of them managed to keep it straight. After that, they built another tower and learned about trusses. One thing they had learned was that triangles are the stongest shape to use to build bridges and towers. Soon, they will use their new knowledge so that they can build their own strong bridge.

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Synergy!

During the first half of science, the kids had to learn together as team to solve a puzzle. They had different pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and had to put them together for one final picture. There were two groups to tackle this challenge. One group had to complete the puzzle in under 45 seconds, and the another group had to solve it in under 30 seconds. They learned how to communicate as a team, which will surely help them as they continue in STEM.

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