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Only You Can Save Fred 19-20

Only You Can Save Fred! Using only 4 paperclips, how will you and your partner get Fred from the top of his capsized boat to the lifesaver to save his life? Your hands may not touch Fred, the boat, or his lifesaver! Check out our photos here.  We saved him!

Foil Tower Challenge 19-20

Our second-grade students had their first practice with teamwork this week.  They completed the Foil Tower Challenge in groups of up to 5 students.  They were tasked with working together to create the largest freestanding tower using only a box of foil in 15 minutes.  This was definitely a challenge! We’ll keep practicing our teamwork as the school year continues! Click here to check out our photos from the Foil Tower Challenge.

Introduction to Attachment Techniques 19-20

During the first few weeks of both second- and third-grade Makers’ Clubs, students got a brief introduction to some easy “attachment techniques.”  They learned how to make flanges, slots, fasteners, and a “homemade hinge.”  After spending some club meetings practicing these techniques, students were able to create something of their choosing using these techniques with limited materials (only cardboard, scissors, fasteners, paper, pipe cleaners, hole punch). Click here to check out our students learning these techniques.

The Start of 4th Grade Makers’ Club!

The start of fourth-grade Makers’ Club has been a success!  Under the direction of our STEM Coach, Mr. Carl Harrison, students have started to create landforms and will work on some properties of civil engineering to run roads through their established landforms.  Check out these awesome photos! Thanks to Mrs. Beebe, Mrs. Schulz, Mrs. Altaqi, Mrs. MacRaild, and Mrs. Manley for helping with the fourth-grade club so far this year! Photos coming soon!

Tornado and Hurricane Proof House Day!

Due to a scheduling conflict, we were not able to take the third-grade class on a field trip to the CWRU thinkbox this year, BUT, Professor Jim Bader came to run a STEM Design Challenge for us right here at Highland! Using only tape, popsicle sticks, paperclips, and paper, students constructed structures that would withstand the wind of a hurricane! Check out these priceless photos!

Second Grade Egg Drop

Our second graders worked on a mini-egg drop challenge for two weeks of Makers’ Club at the end of the school year.  They were able to climb the large custodian’s ladder to test out their parachutes.   Check out the photos here.

Make Your Own Board Game

This week in third-grade Makers’ Club, we challenged students to build their own board games with a partner or on their own.  Can you believe that some kids said they do not play board games at home!?!? Students were asked to do some planning first and think through a theme, color scheme, game pieces, and rules.  Then, they began creating. Next week, students will complete their games and ask other students to play the game.  After that, we will redesign and fix our games. Please click here to see photos of our first and second planning sessions.

LEGO Cars v. Brackitz Cars

This week, students in third-grade Makers’ Club were asked to build cars.  One side of the room was given LEGO materials to work with and the other side of the room was given Brackitz thanks to a donation from the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU! Check out the photos from the run here!  

Axle Annie!

After reading the book Axle Annie to students in our second and third-grade Makers’ Clubs, we challenged students to design a “snow remover” that would help Axle Annie get up the hill even faster.  Students were asked to build a snow remover that could lift the most “snow” (cotton balls) in thirty seconds using only 3 fingers to operate. Check out these photos for the first day of the design process.