September Mini-STEM Challenges

First Grade Rain Shelters

Can we keep the ducks dry?

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 Fifth Grade Earthquake Challenge

Groups built structures using 30 toothpicks and 15 mini-marshmallows.  The structure needed to be at least 5 inches high and free-standing.  We tested the structures to see if they could survive our “Earthquake” (stand on a pan of shaking jello for 20 seconds).

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More 1st quarter science lab news

Kindergarten had a lesson on our 5 senses this week.  We tried to identify what was in a container based only on what we could hear, smell or feel.  We also used our 5 senses to describe an OREO cookie.  Lastly we used our sense of taste and ate our OREO.  YUM!

First grade will be completing a “mini-STEM” challenge during their next science lab.  They will be selecting materials and constructing a rain shelter to keep my family of ducks dry.  Check back soon for pictures.

Second grade will begin their unit on Matter by studying solids when they come to the science lab.  Over the next few weeks, they will investigate liquids and gases to complete their unit on Matter.

Third grade continued investigating rocks and minerals this week.  They learned how to perform a streak test on minerals and learned what luster is.

Fourth grade will be working in groups to make weather instruments during their next trip to the science lab.  They will test them and explain their weather instrument to the other groups.  Check back soon for some pictures.

Fifth grade learned about erosion.  We used a stream table to study river erosion and the formation of deltas.  We also set up a “beach” in a stream table and studied beach erosion.  During their next visit to the science lab they will be performing a “mini-STEM” challenge to see how buildings can withstand earthquakes.