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.
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.
Today in 6th grade, the 6th graders worked on building with marshmallows. They worked with a substitute to build a bridge with toothpicks and marshmallows and they came out really great.
They had to test the strength of the bridges and thy all worked hard to pass. They had so much fun with this assignment especially when they got to eat the marshmallows.
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!
Today 6th grade went to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. They learned a lot about environment, insects, and their habitats. They took a tour in the new exhibit and they were so excited. After this they started working with K’Nexs, which they used to build bridges and towers. They were so excited and were on their best behavior as well.
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.
Last session, the 6th graders created a tower that could withstand a mini earthquake. Today, the kids had to work together in order to build the tallest straw tower that is capable to support the weight of a book. They had to use limited amounts of tape and straws to create their tower and had to keep under a budget they were given.