The seventh graders were given the challenge of designing an aluminum foil boat that would be able to float in water with marbles in it. They were given only fifteen minutes to come up with a design that would be able to withhold the most amount of marbles. They had two pieces of aluminum foil. One was for practice and the second one was for the real challenge. They came up with unique and different ideas. The winner was a rectangular-shaped boat with 107 marbles in it!
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.
The seventh graders worked on their team building skills this session by working together to build the tallest structure they can out of spaghetti noodles, string, tape, and a marshmallow. The groups had to think about the kind of base that would be best to support their structure. They came up with unique ideas. They also performed experiments to find out which wind mill blades were the most efficient.
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.
The 5th graders have been learning all about the metric system. Today, they put that to use in the Metric Olympics. Such as in one of the olympic games, the “Paper Plate Discus Throw”. Students began by standing at the start line. Then throwing the plate, and estimating the distance the plate traveled (in cm). After recording their estimations, students used meter sticks along with the markers placed along the floor to determine the actual distance. Below are more pictures of these games, like the “Cotton Ball Shot Put” and the “Paper Straw Javelin”.
Today was the second session of the school year and 6th grade is still the best class. Today they learned about engineering and the process that engineers go through to design. Their project was to draw a design of a structure that could withstand an earthquake it’s called Shake-it-Up . They then took the design they made and used clay and straws to make their designs real. After they have to test how stable their structure is during an earthquake. They are super excited about this project and they did a really good job with their Shake-it-Up experiments. In fact, they all succeded on thier first trial. They are all super proud of themselves and their classmates.
This morning, the seventh graders did an activity that involved them to work in teams. Their task was to build the tallest building out of paper cups in ten minutes. Through this activity, the teams had to work efficiently to build the structure. They had to share their ideas of which techniques would work the best and listen to each other, too. All of the teams worked well together and this reflected in their paper cup buildings.
Today was 6th grades’ first day. They did a project with their nametags and got to personalize their journals. For snack they did an engineering challenge. Thete had to make a tool out of newspaper and tape to get their snack down off the wall. The students had fun designing their tools and helping eachother out with getting their snack down.
Today, the seventh graders were introduced to their new class and teacher, Ms. Nemeth! The students will learn about many things, such as environmental engineering and renewable resources. The students watched a video about nature and saw a presentation about Ms. Nemeth’s profession as an environmental engineer. They took an environmental challenge quiz and a math diagnostic test to see how much they already knew. They did an ice breaker activity called “Find a Classmate Who…” and walked around the class to find other students with the different characteristics. The names could only be used once, making them converse with everyone to fill out their papers. The sparked conversations helped them get to know each other better!
Escape rooms are exactly what the name implies. They are rooms people are trapped in, and they must solve puzzles to eventually escape. Those puzzles can vary from cracking codes, or looking for certain clues. Today, the 5th graders had to work together through a virtual escape room. The 6 different groups had to work on tasks such as, deciphering secret messages and solving jigsaw puzzles. The whole point of this activity was to get the classmates to work as a team. To be successful in science, students must be able to work together, and what better way to build a team than with a game?