STEM Day 2020

Edinburgh Community School Corporation

Special Edition Newsletter


In this class they paired STEM with Books, The Little Red Hen, The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), and The Little Red Fort.


This week we read the fairy tales Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. We used those books to springboard into STEM. We learned about gravity from Jack chopping down the beanstalk and practiced it by creating marble runs. We also built houses like the pigs, from straws, wood sticks and blocks. We wanted to see which construction was the strongest.

1st Grade

Students created their own Mayflower to go across the "Atlantic Ocean."

2nd Grade

After reading What to Do With a Box by Jane Yolen & Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, students created devices that served a purpose out of cardboard boxes.

3rd Grade

Robots, Rockets, and Body Systems

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Small Group in 3rd Grade

Little House on the Prairie

How much weight did those conestoga wagons carry? The story, Pioneer Girl, by Laura Ingalls Wilder makes your mind wonder about what a family could carry inside those wagons on the wagon trails.Building a wagon was our mission and checking the weight it could hold with pennies was our intent.

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4th Grade

Totem Poles

5th Grade


By Louis Sachar

Digging Tools


How do I build a shovel that can carry a heavy load of dirt? What qualities must my digging tool have to be effective and efficient?

How much dirt can I move per shovelful?

How much dirt comes out of a hole that is 5’ x 5’ x 5’?

How long did it take the ‘campers’ at Camp Green Lake to excavate a hole that was 125 cubic feet?

Materials provided


Dental floss

Tissue paper

Plastic straws

Aluminum foil



Identification of the Problem

Construction of tools


Moving the Dirt

STEM with Mrs. Shonk

5th Grade Hand washing challenge with Glow bug and tik tok hand washing.
2nd and 3rd grade paper airplane challenge.
Kindergarten -Code a mouse challenge

6th Grade

Students in 6th grade were introduced to the components of Microbit Controllers.

They will be creating algorithms, flowcharts, and programs to make the Microbits perform various tasks.

They will also be experimenting with various materials and how those materials affect performance.

Students will learn the relationships between input devices, processors, and output devices.

They will use accelerometers, LED grids, and other input/output devices during their course of study.

7th Grade

Honors 7 English class has initiated quite the dialogue about whether or not space exploration is a good idea or a waste of money. (It all started with articles and short stories in our textbook.) We organized a formal debate to take place today, on S.T.E.M. day.

STEM newsletter

Compiled by Susan Pence

STEM coach

If you have anything you would like to highlight in your class about STEM please feel free to contact me.