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We can't wait to get STEM Week started! All next week we have tons of STEM related activities and challenges planned. We have guest speakers, Virtual Field Trips and Design Challenges planned for everyday. Below are some of the many things we have planned for the week .
All our classroom teachers have been provided a STEM Basket, loaded with supplies. For each of the challenges students will have to work collaboratively to plan, design, build, test and evaluate their design, redesign and then share their solution. They can only use the provided materials from the STEM Basket. Our challenges for the week will include:
- Build a Hands Free Holder Design a holder for something you would normally hold with your hands.
- Zipline Challenge (not a real zipline!) Design and build something that can carry a wooden block form the top of the zipline to the bottom in under 4 seconds.
- Tennis Ball Tower Build tower at least 18 inches off the ground that can hold a tennis ball and can withstand wind form a fan.
- Paper Airplane Challenge
- Build a Bridge Across the Great Desk Divide Build a bridge across 2 desks which will be 1 ft apart that is aesthetically pleasing and can support weight
We will be sharing the best designs for each of the challenges in our newsletter so be on the lookout!
We are really looking forward to meeting our guest speakers. Some of our speakers include:
- Mr. Rich Oakley - 3D Printing
- Jay Mankita - Playful Engineers
- Mr. Engstrom - Inspecting Bridges
- Mrs. Driscoll - 1st Grade Rockets
- Mr. Bastoni - Real Robots!
- Mrs. Rufo - Electricity
- Eversource - Energized Guy
Many of our classrooms will also be taking some virtual field trips to some pretty exciting places, which include:
- Amazing Animals: The Buffalo Bill Center
- Live Safari!
- Scientists In Action - Penguins of Antarctica
- National Weather Center
- Yellowstone National Park
- A Plant's Life
We can't wait! We will be sure to take lots of pictures! Thank you to everyone who is coming out to help us out and thank you to the PTA for funding the visit from Jay Mankita!