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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!  Names will be coming soon! Thanks to the district STEM Coach, Michelle Leizman, for helping us to set up the … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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Spaghetti Tower Challenge

In the first week of April, students in second grade 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 … Continue reading »

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A Visit from the Nature Center!

On March 13th, Ms. Kelly from the Brecksville Nature Center visited our STEAM Room to conduct the program “Form Fits Function!” for our students.  Students learned about the different types of bird beaks and the adaptations birds make to find food and eat.  From the photos below, you can see this was a huge hit!  Thanks … Continue reading »

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Welcome Our New Friend, Axle the Axolotl!

We got a pet!  The STEAM Room got a pet!   Welcome to our new friend, Axle the Axolotl! Check out 14 Fun Facts About Axolotls! Thanks to the BBH STEM coach, Mrs. Leizman, for sharing him with us!

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Chinese Dragons!

At Highland Drive, along with the other elementaries in the district, are participating in the One District, One Book initiative.  This year we are reading the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lorde.  The main character in the book is emigrating from China and in her honor, we … Continue reading »

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Dog Sled Prototypes

This week, we welcomed Mrs. Niedermeyer to the STEAM Room (aka makerspace) to complete a STEM project called “Design a Dogsled!”  After learning about dogsled races and getting to Facetime with a musher who races in the Iditarod, third grade students were introduced to the parts and main functions of a dogsled.  Students were then … Continue reading »

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Northeast Ohio Rocks!

This week in the makerspace, our second and third grade students, in conjunction with the Highland Drive Kindness Club, painted rocks.  The rocks are to be hidden in plain sight ANYWHERE (Can you believe that someone even found a NEO Rocks! rock in South Africa?!?!).  The purpose of the rock painting goes along with a … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Wallets

This week in Makers’ Club, we stressed the importance of following directions.  We also encouraged students to make a plan and concentrate in an effort to save some of the materials.  We are really working on conserving materials and making a plan before beginning. While most students thought this project would be “easy-peasy,” our little … Continue reading »

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Free Build Fun Days!

Many times throughout the week, we hear from students who ask if they can have a “free day” in the makerspace.  We like to appease them once in awhile and allow them the chance to “free build” with most materials available in the room.  Students come up with some great creations.  This time we saw … Continue reading »

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