The STEM Lab
THIRD NINE WEEKS NEWSLETTER
This past nine weeks students have taken a closer look at STEM career fields. The following are the fields grade levels have studied. Students used the Engineering Design Process to work together and solve problems.
Kindergarten: CIVIL ENGINEERING
Civil engineering creates lots of things our society needs. There are many types of civil engineers. They design roads, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, landfills, drinking water systems, sewer systems, and stormwater drainage systems. Civil engineers use math, science, physics, and lots of creativity every day, and they are always seeking innovative ways to make infrastructure function better and more safely.
Students learned that the triangle is the strongest of all shapes and a truss bridge uses a combination of triangles to support heavy weight! Students tested the strength of their truss bridge.
1st grade: ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Earth’s environment makes life possible. Environmental engineers focus on ways to sustain and improve the natural environment. Environmental engineers gain expertise in how to design water and wastewater treatment systems, how to reduce air pollution and how to remediate sites impacted by hazardous materials.
Hydroponics (pinto beans)
Did you know that seeds could grow without soil?! First grade students learned about the germination of a seed and its life cycle.
Hydroponics (lima beans)
In this picture, we continued to explore hydroponics by growing this lima bean indoors with the use of a UV light.
2nd & 3rd grade: AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
Aerospace engineers constantly develop and improve on the science of aviation. Airplanes, spaceships, drones, and paper airplanes are all examples of aviation.
4th & 5th grade: ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Electrical engineering is the name for the field in which people invent, create, improve and fix electronic devices, tools and equipment. Electrical engineers use lots of math, science and research to develop all kinds of small and large devices and the electrical circuits that help them run.
Light Up Valentine Flower
Students designed a simple circuit to light up tissue flowers to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Makey Makey turns everyday objects into your computer's keyboard! Students tested the conductivity of everyday items to power the Makey Makey.
The Engineer Song