Edinburgh Middle/High School
Our "ABSTRACT " world! Students trading and "manufacturing" goods
Mr. Cox's Economics classes took part in a STEM Project on Friday, February 19th in which they utilized cartography, mathematics, engineering skills, and technology to trade goods with other 'nations' and produce 'goods'. Students were given 4 class periods to strategize their 'country's' trade deals to acquire the necessary resources, budget their country's funds, and plan how to produce their goods.
The students really got into the project and had to think critically and collaborate with their groups to really thrive in this. They exceeded expectations of what our first STEM Project would produce and there will be many more opportunities to build on this success.
This hands-on activity brought some learning to our water table. Using pool noodles cut into one inch strips, craft foam and wooden sticks, each child fashioned a boat. Triangle shapes were used for the sails and a little adult help was needed to poke a hole in the foam. Inexpensive and easy to make, pool boats nurtured every child's sense of curiosity. Slicing a pool noodle into 1.5 inch pieces, triangular shaped sails from craft foam and using a wooden stick for the mast. Each child cut their own triangle for the sial. When the boats were actively put in the water, the class figured out that size mattered on construction. Too big a sail would topple the boat so reconfigurations were needed. Using their own wind, each child blew their boat from one end to the other. This activity also reinforced our "B" letters for the week and led to discussion about different kinds of boats, sinking and floating.
In this photo students are using water droppers and paint brushes to explore color mixing and how snow changes when adding water to it.
Mrs. H. Garrett
Ms. Cutter-small group
The study of the history of Milton and Kitty Hershey led to interesting facts that are relevant even today. The Hershey's, manufacturers of the world renowned candies, were also philanthropists using their wealth to help others. They built an entire town for the worker’s families of their plant and opened a school for orphans. The town and school are still in existence today and are highly regarded. Our students built the small town of Hershey, practiced giving to others (custodians and cafeteria workers), retold facts about the Hershey Story and diagrammed sentences using a variety of Hershey candies. Lastly, they built the simple machine of a catapult and launched a Hershey Kiss into the future.
Students in fourth grade created a miniature catapult after learning about simple machines and potential and kinetic energy. We tested accuracy and distance by launching marshmallows.
Compiled by Susan Pence
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