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STEM

Intro. to Makey Makeys in 2018

Again this year, our students were introduced to the Makey Makey!  This “breadboard” with wires allows students to test items to determine if they are conductors or insulators.  They are then able to use the conductors to use a computer, play the piano, or even play bongos! Check out our photos of the Makey Makeys by … Continue reading »

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Earth Day Projects!

For Earth Day this year, we made some garbage-collecting robots!  Students were asked to create a prototype for a”robot” that would help clean up trash and place it in a dumpster.  The designs were incredible!  One student even create a working fishing pole to “hook” and pick up the trash from water! Click here to … Continue reading »

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Visiting the CWRU ThinkBox!

Thanks to the Highland Drive PSO, our entire third-grade class got to take an extra field trip this year!  We had an awesome time at Case Western Reserve University and their Sears’ Think[box].  We had so much fun AND learned about all of the amazing MAKING happening so close to home! Click here to see … Continue reading »

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MEET THE OZOBOTS!

  This year, thanks to a grant from the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools Foundation, students at Highland Drive in second and third grade got an introduction to the coding of mini-robots, the OZOBOTS! These mini-robots have been an incredible addition to our Makers’ Club and STEAM Room this year! Click here to see some photos of … Continue reading »

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Learning & Using Attachment Techniques

Last week in Makers’ Club, we learned some attachment techniques.  Second graders learned how to use fasteners and how to make flanges and a gusset with triangle supports.  Third graders learned how to use fasteners and how to make flanges and slots. This week, students used the techniques they learned to build a grandfather clock.

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Projects of the Week- Sept. ’17- May ’18

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 that have been shared up to the present date. POTW … Continue reading »

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LEGO WeDo Kits Were a HIT!

This week, we used our LEGO WeDo kits to introduce coding and robotics to our second and third-grade students.  It is always AWESOME to see these students follow visual directions and complete the coding to make their robots move!  Check it out! Thanks again to the BBH Schools Foundation for these awesome kits!

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Pumpkin Investigation Stations 2017

Students in every grade level (K-3) had a chance to go through the Pumpkin Investigation Stations in the STEAM Room this week.  Students were engaged in activities in seven stations: estimating and weighing, estimating and counting, touching, smelling, tasting, sketching, describing properties, measuring with standard and nonstandard units, and determining if a pumpkin will sink … Continue reading »

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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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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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