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Month: April 2017

More New Friends!

We’ve added two more new friends to the Highland Drive STEAM Room this week, thanks to our PSO “Gifts and Goals” Committee! A tree frog and a fire-bellied toad now call the STEAM Room their home!  Their names are now OFFICIALLY “Frog and Toad.”  As we know, Frog and Toad are friends! Thanks to the district STEM Coach, Michelle Leizman, for helping us to set up the Wonder Bubbles and learn how to take care of our new friends!

Sink or Float Boats

Students in first grade had a chance to use the STEAM Room to complete an experiment called “Sink or Float Boats.” From Mrs. French- “To go along with our unit ‘How do things get built?’, we designed and built aluminum foil boats.  Then we predicted and experimented how many pennies our boats would hold before sinking.  One of the children had a phenomenal design that held almost 350 pennies before sinking!  We learned a lot, and many of the children were anxious to try this experiment at home.”

Spaghetti Tower Challenge

In the first week of April, students in second and third grades completed the Spaghetti Tower Challenge with the help of Mrs. Adams, Mr. Cervenka, and Mrs. Wiesler. Students worked in groups and were provided with a box of uncooked noodles, one large marshmallow, and a roll of masking tape.  The challenge was to build the tallest tower possible that could hold up the marshmallow. Students worked for approximately 20 minutes and then towers were measured.  The second grade winning team had a tower that was 21 inches tall!  We then talked about what worked and what didn’t work within…