Because our Jr. Olympic day is under new leadership this year (Thanks Mr. Thacker), Mrs. Wiesler and I suggested that we have a “STEAM event” at the Jr. Olympics!
After students were divided into 4 groups, each group was given a bag of materials and asked to build a launch pad or platform to hold up a “bottle rocket.” Bags were filled with K’Nex, LEGOs, toothpicks and marshmallows, and popsicle sticks and masking tape. The “bottle rocket” was a 2 liter bottle filled with one cup of vinegar. The teams were tasked with building their platforms quickly as the only first two teams would receive “rockets.”
Once a group had a sturdy platform, they received a bottle that was filled with a paper towel full of baking soda and corked. The bottle was turned upside down on the launch pad and the students backed up! Can you imagine what happened within one minute’s time?
A HUGE thank you to the parents who ran the two STEAM stations! THANK YOU!!!
Video– Mrs. French’s class at the STEAM station