Mrs. Goodwin and Miss Traynham’s classes met last week in the STREAM lab to create Leprechaun traps. The students had to create a trap that would secure the sneaky Leprechaun as well as have a moving part. Check out a few of our designs below.
We created the ultimate plant and animal cells in The Stream Lab. They included all of the correct parts of the plant and animal cell and exploration of the functions of each part. We did this through the use of food, cookies and icing! The kids were able to work with their hands, get messy and really expand their knowledge. They worked together in partners to remember the parts and different cells, plan, and choose what food they thought would best represent each part of the cell. Science, Art, Engineering and Writing were all included in this project. Great job fifth graders!
During our “Christmas Mother Can Collection” season, each class took some tape and marked off a place on the floor for the students to build with cans! Here in Mrs. Locher’s class, the students built a “swimming pool” out of cans! I believe the large can of “Beans” could be a diving board! During our school-wide “Can Assembly” Mrs. Overman produced a slide show of all of the different structures the students built K-5! This was a great “School Wide” STEM connection!!! Great job Maybeury!
After reading a story together as a class about two friends who were divided by a stream of water, the students were challenged to build a bridge to bring the two friends together using 20 or less Keva Planks and without letting the bridge touch the water of the stream. The students had to work in groups to solve this problem. Every group was successful! Nice Job First Graders!
THIS WEEK AT MAYBEURY EVERY CLASS IS DESIGNING AND BUILDING A WAY TO PROTECT A WATER BALLOON FROM BREAKING AS IT IS DROPPED FROM THE ROOF AT SCHOOL. IN MRS. LOCHER’S FIRST GRADE CLASS, THE STUDENTS WORKED IN 5 GROUPS OF 4 EACH TO CREATE THEIR SAFE CONTAINERS. 4 OUT OF 5 THAT WERE BUILT ACTUALLY WORKED AND HELD THE WATER BALLOON SAFELY FROM THE DROP! THE 4 GROUPS THAT EXPERIENCED SUCCESS ALL DESIGNED THEIR CONTAINERS WITH PADDING TO HELP WITH THE IMPACT. ONE OF THESE GROUPS EVEN DESIGNED A PARACHUTE WITH A PERSON ON TOP (WEARING THE PARACHUTE) TO HELP EASE THE IMPACT OF THE DROP. ANOTHER GROUP BLEW UP A ZIPLOCK BAGGIE AND PADDED THEIR CONTAINER FOR PROTECTION (THEIR OWN HOMEMADE BUBBLE WRAP). THE STUDENTS DID RESEARCH, DISCUSSED THEIR IDEAS, AND WORKED TOGETHER TO COMPLETE THEIR CHALLENGE. WE HAVE A CLASSROOM OF ENGINEERS!
STREAM Lab Buddies-1st and 3rd Graders (Mrs. Locher and Mrs. Marshall classes). Challenge: Make a plant that has a stem, leaves, flower and roots with 2 moving parts, make it free standing if possible. Use the i-pad to take a picture of your plant and “labelbox” to label the parts. This was a great success in the STREAM lab today! We thank our 3rd grade buddies for being our mentors and leaders in the lab. We enjoyed working and learning along side them! Mrs. Locher’s 1st Grade
Mrs. Bagley’s class moved through some fun stations to discover various ways to change the states of matter. Each center offered hands-on opportunities to experience the three types of matter and the properties of each.
Station 1 – Pillow Bags (Students made a gas by measuring and combining 2 liquids and a solid.)
Station 2 – Crayon Art (Using a blow dryer, children created 3 pieces of art by melting a group of colored crayons.)
Station 3 – Oobleck (Children explored a mixture of corn starch, water, and food coloring and tried to determine if it was a liquid or a solid.)
Station 4 – Effects of Heat (Mrs. Steiner led a demonstration showing how adding and removing heat can cause water to evaporate, condense, and freeze.)
Our latest STREAM design brief was to build a nest to protect your young baby birds that have just hatched. We reviewed animal needs as well as our recent study of the life cycle of a baby bird/chick. The kids had 20 minutes to design a protection and they could use any materials that were on their table in the lab. Each team chose from containers, yarn, straws, tape, cardboard boxes and popsicle sticks. The kids did a wonderful job creating their nests.
We then went outside to see which nests survived the fall. All of the kids were great sports and in the end Alejandro and Valeria’s design worked the best. Everyone cheered and we talked about why theirs was durable. They decided to wrap theirs in tape and then put it inside a container. They also had plenty of padding on the inside. This was a great review of our studies as well as an additional extension. We talked about the importance of protection and also did a great job working with our partners.
Our Kindergarteners took an activity that was not easy, worked together and stretched their minds today. They impressed me with their designs, determination, and good sportsmanship. I would highly recommend this design brief. It was easy to come up with an idea and fit it to what we were learning.