Happy week of Halloween, teacher friends! If you’re like me, you’re packing in as much Halloween FUN as possible to keep your students busy busy busy over the next week! My kiddos began our Spooky STEM challenges last week and will wrap them up this week, and I’m so excited to share them with you!
First thing’s first, we had to set up our STEM journals for the year! My first and second graders defined STEM, discussed each component, and outlined the engineering process in their journals. For the finishing touch, they illustrated themselves as engineers! I loved how they each chose different kinds of engineers to illustrate, depending on their interests. The two girls in the picture below chose a chemical engineer and a hardware engineer.
These are the materials that they were permitted to use, and students worked in partners and groups of three, with a few choosing to work independently. We looked at photos of real catapults on Google images and discussed the necessary parts, such as the triangular base, arm, and wedge.
I had a simple model prepared so that some students could use it as a guide, while other students chose to construct completely on their own!
Last week, they launched with real mini pumpkins and this week, we’re spicing it up with small candy pumpkins!! Their catapults are so well-constructed that I’m pretty sure they might launch all the way across the room!
My first graders and kindergartners used candy pumpkins, candy corn, and toothpicks to construct CANDY TOWERS! Talk about engaging, fun, and DELICIOUS! I didn’t give them much guidance on this one, as I was excited to watch their creativity. We discussed the differences between pyramid shapes, cube shapes, triangular and square based structures, and of course, students got to gobble up their towers at the end.
Since I only see my groups for one hour per week, we will run out of time for SPIDER WEB BRIDGES, however, these photos were shared by my teacher friends, Heather and Kambra! Their students loved taking on this challenge!
And now, of course, I’m off to prep for November STEM!
Y’all, we love #storybookstem! Today we went on a nature walk and read Leaf Man. Carson’s STEM challenge was to make a leaf creature with his findings. He also experimented with wind and water tests on the leaves he collected. The perfect fall activity! Thanks Brooke and Katie!