Today, the 6th grade class was challenged by Mrs. Flowers to get a toy car as close as possible to the specific distance. The toy cars were controlled by a balloon. The students had to blow up the balloon, then when they were directed to, they were to release the balloon to make the car move. The closer you got to the end point given, the better. The lesson for today was to help the students better understand what force was moving the balloon car and how much air was needed in the balloon to move the car far enough to reach the distance needed.
Today the class got to take their kits from last session to construct some actual bridges to test their strength. They will be adding weights and a basket of water bottles to the bottom of their bridge. After they’ve done their testing they will record their data about the bridge built and use those findings to contribute it into their bridge project.
Today, the class got into a little introduction on trusses so they can use that information to build their bridges for the end of the year presentations.
Today the kids got to walk around and explore the exhibits at MSI. A few of the exhibits the class got to explore were Storms and Numbers in Nature. The best part in the Numbers in Nature exhibit, where everyone would get lost, was the Mirror Maze.
Today the 6th grade class has constructed towers to test its strength by filling a cup placed on the tower with jolly ranchers. They were given a specific budget to not exceed and each person in the group was given a job. Next time they will be constructing bridges to hold up heavier objects.
Our last session was the annual Christmas party. The students had the the opportunity to invite their teachers and principals to see what exactly they do on Saturday mornings. The 6th graders investigated the transferring of bacteria and disease. Most of them compared the experiment to the recent Ebola outbreak. The students had the chance to see just how easily bacteria is spread. They were taught the importance of vaccination and other health measures to prevent themselves and others from getting sick. After their fascinating experiment they joined their parents, teachers, and principals for lunch at the party! It was a great ending to another successful session!
Students in action!
Smiles all around! :)