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Talawanda Elementary STEM, December 9, 2015

Room 218 - Fourth Grade Demonstrations

In Room 218 you'll see a variety of activities presented by fourth grade students. These are all activities we have completed throughout the year during our STEM Sessions. Mrs. Williamson, one of our fourth grade teachers, will be in the room with her students if you have any questions!


Engineering Activities

Cup Towers -

  • Build the tallest cup tower, but do not touch the cups with your hands!
  • Materials: 12 cups, one piece of string, four rubber bands.
  • Encourage students to try different ways of using the materials.
  • Risk taking, perseverance, teamwork, failure, multiple methods of work


Tennis Ball Towers:

  • Build the tallest cup tower you can with the Tennis Ball on top!
  • Materials: 50 small dixie cups, tennis ball
  • Risk taking, perseverance, teamwork, failure, multiple methods of work


Bridge Building

  • Build a bridge that can extend across an 8in. distance. Be prepared to place weights (pennies) on your bridge. Which design will you use?
  • Materials: 20 straws, 10 toothpicks, string, 4 paper clips (no tape)



Robotics Activity

Ozobot Robot

  • Optical sensors can detect lines and colors.
  • Beginner coding using colored markers and paper.
  • Ozobot iPad app (free): challenge, free draw, logic puzzles


Science Integration Activity: Scribble Bot

Ohio Fourth Grade - Physical Science Standards

  • Electrical energy in circuits can be transformed to other forms of energy, including light, heat, sound and motion.
  • In order for electricity to flow through a circuit, there must be a complete loop through which the electricity can pass. When an electrical device (e.g., lamp, buzzer, motor) is not part of a complete loop, the device will not work.

Next Generation Science Standards (National)

  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.* [Clarification Statement: Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound.

Fifth Grade Life Science / Coding

Tynker Coding will be integrated with Life Science Environments and Food Chain study. Students will log into their Tynker account and follow a given rubric to show the feeding relationship of animals within a given environment.
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Student Behaviors Noticed During STEM

  • Perseverance
  • Risk Taking
  • Failure
  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving

Other Materials & Programs

  • MakeyMakey
  • Lego Mindstorm EV3 Kits
  • Hummingbird Robotics
  • LittleBits Circuit Kits
  • Scratch Programming/Coding
  • Tynker Programming/Coding

Talawanda STEM

Joan Stidham, Director of Teaching and Learning

Ryan Barter, District STEM Instructional Leader

Sarah Roche, Elementary STEM Instructor