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STEM

Week #2 in the STEAM Room in 2017-2018!

This week in Makers’ Club, second and third-grade students used toothpicks and candy pumpkins to build.  This was tougher than in years past when we used marshmallows to build the tallest phone tower we could that would hold up an iPhone for ten or more seconds.  Check us out!

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Projects of the Week ~ 2017-2018

The Project of the Week is shared with teachers electronically, then posted, and set up in the STEAM Room each week.  This enables homeroom teachers to sign up for a time and bring their class in with very little prep work. These are the projects we’ve worked on so far this year. Gravity Falls- POTW 95 … Continue reading »

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Highland Drive Teachers Make Water Slides!

During our first staff meeting of the 2017-2018, Mrs. Wiesler and Miss Kolis took the other teachers through The Design Process as we worked together to solve a problem.  Teachers had to create a prototype of a waterslide that stood at least 10 inches tall, did not leak, and safely transported their rider (aka LEGO … Continue reading »

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STEAM Station at the Jr. Olympics!

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 … Continue reading »

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Makey Makeys!

This week, we introduced the second and third grade students to Makey Makeys!  Don’t know what a Makey Makey is?  Just check out these awesome photos of our students determining if items are “conductors” or “insulators.”  Spoiler: Did you know a human is a conductor?!?!

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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!  Their names are now OFFICIALLY “Frog and Toad.”  As we know, Frog and Toad are friends! Thanks to 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 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 … 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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