# We Love STEM!

## Learning is fun!

A hands-on approach to education always makes learning more fun, and we are always stretching our creativity with STEM activities! Here, Miley is exploring the Earth by using multiple senses to describe sand, soil and rocks!

## Science

We have enjoyed several areas of Science, including the physical composition of the Earth!
We also explored heat and light, using a flashlight and a prism to create rainbows!
We loved using magnets to feel magnetic force, repelling and attracting, and discovering which objects did which!
Another force that we described was movement... pushing, pulling, rolling, etc. We used thin objects (Playdoh pizza cutters) and wide objects (flippers and our open palms) to feel the difference in moving the water!

## Technology

We love using the iPads to research ideas and practice our skills!

## Engineering

We used our brains and teamwork to engineer our own unique ways to represent things!

We created Leprechaun Traps using common household items, designing a blueprint first!

For Social Studies, students used classroom manipulatives to create their own representation of a national symbol! Joseph made a Statue of Liberty!
We loved using boxes and other supplies to design, create and name a robot! We even added a sound box so he could talk!
In relation to Social Studies, while learning about forms of transportation, we used a variety of supplies to invent our own unique ways of getting around!

## Math

Math is so much fun when we use a hands-on approach!

For the 100th Day of School, students each brought in 100 small items to be placed in groups of 10. We also played a game where dice were rolled to show the number of pieces to be covered in one turn, with the goal being to cover your card first!

We rolled dice to see what time (to the hour) to set our clocks to!
We used groups of cubes to represent place value! Stacks of 10 were used for the tens place, while single cubes were used for the ones place.
We used a scale to weigh objects from nature, and then glued our own "scale" on paper using a stick as a balance beam.
In relation to a text called "Bear in a Square," we found real life examples of various 2D shapes!