I followed the “EDP” Engineering Design Process to create new work tables for our students.
The problem that needed to be solved: The tables were porous and absorbed all drawing materials and liquids that were used on them.
I imagined a design that would be a fun and creative work space for STEM that looked like a toolbox or something with metal and/or construction symbols.
Plan: I came up with a design that resembled a cool work shop table and then gathered the materials I had available to me.
Create/Test: I started painting layers on the tables before Fall break. As I painted I encountered problems with the paint coming off.
Evaluate/Improve: I repainted the tables with a primer and then other latex and acrylic paints to cover up my mistakes. I added layers of polyurethane to seal the paint.
Here is the result:
Before and after…
1st – 5th graders have been developing and strengthening their critical thinking skills in the STEM Lab this quarter. All grades are learning to go through the steps of the Engineering Design Process as they complete projects and challenges related to their standards. They work in collaborative teams to come up with solutions for problems they are given by designing various models/structures that meet the criteria and constraints of their challenge.
Here’s a snapshot…
1st Graders worked in groups to design a model of a pool cover that would prevent evaporation. Then, they worked in teams to construct a lego pool with 4 sides and stairs that would hold water.
2nd Graders used various materials to create a structure that would melt ice the fastest after learning about the three states of matter. 2nd graders measured the rate in which the ice melted every 5 min. by using a popsicle stick and marker to record their findings. Most recently, 2nd graders observed and recorded seasonal changes in trees in their journals. They will then use their drawings to come up with a team design for a free-standing replica of the tree in each season.
3rd Graders worked in teams to design a Mineral Display Case that showcases a mineral and describes its physical attributes after learning about various rocks and mineral types.
4th Graders are working together to design and create a board game to teach the water cycle.
5th Graders developed well thought-out plans to create a multi-level structure that would withstand the lateral movements of an earthquake. They planned, created, and tested their models. After evaluating their designs, they made improvements and retested.
Eastvalley’s new STEM Lab is up and running! Students are learning the steps to the “EDP” Engineering Design Process as they collaborate to successfully complete projects and challenges. I am planning a lot of engaging and creative lessons in the upcoming weeks and I need your help with some common household items.
If you have an opportunity, please save and donate the following items to the STEM Lab. I will have labeled containers in the front of the school for the items -drop them off at any time!
Needed as soon as possible:
- empty cereal boxes – (Please do NOT break them down)
Needed in the upcoming weeks:
- empty paper towel rolls – we need about 100 rolls
- empty plastic cylinder containers – about 100 coffee cans or plastic containers, rolled oats containers
EARLY DISMISSAL ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30TH
Hello EV Parents! This is just a reminder that this Wednesday, August 30th, Cobb County Schools will have Early Dismissal across the district for staff professional development. Eastvalley students will begin dismissal at 12:30. There will be no FAST Activities on Wednesday. The After School Program will run from 12:45-6:00 PM. Please make all necessary arrangements to ensure your child is dismissed safely and correctly on Wednesday, August 30th for Early Dismissal. Thank you!
Extended School Day August 21st
On August 21st, the Cobb County School District has extended the school day by 45 minutes as a result of the solar eclipse. In preparation for the event, we purchased the NASA certified protection eyewear for our 4th and 5th grade students and teachers. Only students in those grade levels will be allowed to view the eclipse live outside with proper eyewear and parent permission. Permission slips will be sent home in Tuesday Tracker folders on August 15th and must be returned by Friday, August 18th. Students in K-3rd grades will be allowed to watch a live stream of the event from their classrooms. Any students that have a portable classroom will be brought into the cafeteria to watch a live stream of the event. As always, you are allowed to check your student out prior to 2:00 pm. We are asking for no checkouts from 2:00pm – 3:00 pm. There will be additional support in the front office from 11:30-12:30 to assist with early checkouts. Dismissal will begin at approximately 3:05 with bus students. Please feel free to call the school if you have any further questions or concerns.