Submitted by Tamalynn Lerner, STEM Educator
Wow! We have lots happening in STEM! The 2nd graders designed, built and tested model umbrellas. these umbrellas were designed to protect Lewis and Clarke (the STEM Guinea pig stuffed animal mascots) from sudden precipitation. Each design team constructed functional umbrellas from wax paper, tin foil, 12×12 inch squares of plastic, craft sticks, straws, paper tubes, constuction paper, and copious amounts of masking tape. We tested the designs by placing Lewis and Clark under th umbrellas and misting the umbrellas with a spray bottle. EVERY design worked! Lewis and Clark were protected form the rain!
The 3rd graders created superhero characters that have powers of chemical or physical weathering or erosion. they designed super suits for these characters. The super suits show the powers of each super hero. They also wrote origin stories for these characters to explain how each character got their powers and how they use the powers of physical or chemical weathering or erosion to change the earth.
Fourth grade has 2 big projects – one for STEM and one for social studies. In STEM, they researched sundials, made design plans to construct a sundial, and are building sundials. These design are AMAZING! They all chose different materials and added creative touches We will test these designs next week. Please come to see them and take pictures!
For social studies, it is all about cartography. Each student is making a map of a fictitious island. These islands must have a compass rose, map key, include 5 landforms, 2 bodies of water, 3 renewable resources (one of which is a flow resource), 2 nonrenewable resources, and 3 regions. OH! and the map will have an X to mark a hidden treasure. The students will write directions (relative location directions) to locate the hidden treasure.
5th grade STEMers are making scale models of fossil halls. They made detailed floor plans, researched how to make something “to scale” practiced using different units of measurement, and are now constructing their fossil hall models. These design are FANTASTIC! Look out COSI and Smithsonian – we have some great fossil hall designs right here in room 8.
The 6th graders are rock stars! They just completed a project on the rock cycle: writing a song, poem, story or creating a cartoon/comic to explain the rock cycle. The students did a spectacular job defining sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, explaining the un-ending rock cycle process, and describing the whole process of becoming sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. 6th grade is currently researching seismographs and will soon design and build seismographs and measure simulated earthquakes.