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.
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.
Today, the scholars learned about how to work as a team to flip a cup. They tried many different types of methods. Many were successful, but some will learn from their mistakes. Also, they had to work together to create the highest tower, but they could only use their cups. In math, the scholars learned about variables and played a game to further help them.
As summer ends, school begins. For their first day as 6th graders, they made a gadget to retrieve their snacks from a high level. They only used newspapers & tape, and all retrieved their snack successfully. One step down on the way to becoming an engineer!
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.