Thursday, August 30, 2012

STEM Project

What can you do with some old magazine, newspapers pulled out of the recycling bin, and 4 pieces of 3-foot long tape? You can build a bridge! On Monday the class worked with their table groups to complete a STEM challenge. What is STEM? A project that combines elements of science, technology, engineering,and math. We loved watching as the groups as they put their heads together to decide how to use the meager supplies to build an object that a book could pass underneath and that would hold up when a book was dropped on top of it. The various groups approached the challenge in such different ways. In the end, the winning "bridge" was able to remain standing after I dropped SIX student math handbooks on it! We will do various STEM projects throughout the year and will look forward to seeing how the students thinking evolves throughout the year.