Maybeury Is Diving Into STREAM

Maybeury Elementary is excited to kick off their STREAM lab this year! In order to gain a better understanding of STREAM, I worked with Jan Locher (1st grade teacher and STREAM teacher representative) to model a Design Brief while addressing all 4 areas of the TIP Chart.

A huge thank you to all of the teachers for actively and enthusiastically participating in the Ice Cream Transportation Design Challenge! I was so impressed by the wonderful discussions that were taking place throughout the planning, building, and reflection portions of the challenge. I put together this quick Animoto to showcase what took place in our training session.

Check out the videos that were captured on the iPads and added to the Dropbox from different teams. After you view the video, you can click “Leave a Reply” letting others know which product design you think the owner of Chitterchats should go with and why:
Reflection #1
Reflection #2
Reflection #3
Reflection #4

Check out the amazing design brief!

Thank you so much Karen Hues and Jan Locher for pulling this together for the teachers at Maybeury!

Mysterious M&M’s Inquiry

 M&M Investigations:

Students will experience all five elements of inquiry as they ask questions about M&Ms in water, design and conduct experiments to answer these questions, and develop explanations based on their observations.  Click here to view and download the unit.

Framing a New Vision for Science Education

Listen to the interview on “Lab Out Loud” with Dr. Jonathan Osbourne as he discusses the Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards that was released last summer.  His contribution to science education has been incredible.  I can’t wait to see what they do with the new national standards!

http://laboutloud.com/2011/09/episode-65-framing-a-new-vision-for-science-education/

Mystery Matter

The students in Mrs. Waters first grade class at Springfield Park traveled to “The Cave” (their 21st Century Learning Lab) to experiment with matter.  Students in Mrs. McGrath’s class at Glen Lea conducted the same experiment in their classroom.  They were provided with 13 different substances and had to determine what the substance was by it’s properties. The students identified that state of matter (solid or liquid), conducted a test to determine if the matter dissolved or not, and then properly identified the color of the substance in order to determine the name of the mystery matter. Prior to testing, students had to make their prediction on the Mystery Matter Recording Sheet.

Students then used the iPad to scan this QR Code using the QR Code Reader App:

This QR Code quickly links the students to the Mystery Matter Website that I created in iWeb to use with this activity.

From here, I showed the students the video of salt dissolving (this is flash based & will not show on the iPad). Then the students clicked to go to the experiment. As they identified the mystery substance, they recorded it next to their prediction on the recording sheet. Check out some photos of the students experimenting.

Click Here for the lesson plan & supporting documents.