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STEM Challenge #4- Make a Musical Instrument

Today’s challenge comes from the site Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 FREE maker activities and we are loving them! Today, please make a musical instrument.  Use whatever materials you have at home. Use a QR code reader to get more information. Then, go to this Flipgrid to share your creation.

STEM Challenge #3- Chain Reactions

Today’s challenge comes from the website Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 FREE STEM Challenges that you’ll see posted here. Use a QR code reader for more information. Then, set up your own chain reaction!  Use anything you have at home. Go to this Flipgrid to demonstrate your chain reaction.

STEM Challenge #2- Parachute and Basket

Today’s challenge comes from the website Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 FREE STEM Challenges that you’ll see posted here. Make a parachute and basket for a mini figure. Use a QR code reader for more information. Then, go to this Flipgrid to share what you’ve made.

STEM Challenge #1- Rolling Vehicles

Today’s challenge comes from the website Teach Outside the Box by Brooke Brown.  She offered 13 FREE STEM Challenges that you’ll see posted here. Today, please make a rolling vehicle. Then try it out on different surfaces. Does it roll on your kitchen floor? Does it roll on your living room carpet? Does it roll outside on your driveway? Why? Then, go to Flipgrid and show us what you created!

Sail Away Challenge

You can find today’s challenge by clicking on the link below.  This is from the PBS Kids site called Nature Cat. Sail Away Challenge Then, go to Flipgrid and make a video to share your creation.

Science Olympiad 2020

Mr. Harrison, our STEM Coach, entered our fourth graders in the Case Western Reserve University Science Olympiad!  Although the planning was a little quick, our students were up for the experience.  Mr. Harrison held after school practices for the members of the team from Highland, Hilton, and Chippewa. Some students had to create an item outside of the school day and competition and bring it along that day.  Others found out their challenge when they got to the competition that day. Although our team felt slightly nervous and underprepared, we ended up bring home some medals for individual events!  Our…

Mystery Architecture 2020

Thanks to Mr. Harrison, our STEM Coach, for bringing this challenge to us from the Science Olympiad at Case Western Reserve University. Students were given these directions:  Using only the objects in your basket, create the tallest tower you can that will hold up this globe (see photos for small globe). Each grade level got slightly different materials in their baskets but most students got paper, toilet paper tubes, cups, tape, pipe cleaners, and straws. Click here to see how we did!

LEGO vs. Brackitz Cars Feb. 2020

Again this year, students in our second and third-grade Makers’ Clubs were divided in half for this club meeting.  Half of the room got LEGO blocks and wheels and the other half got Bracktiz. Students had to sketch their ideas and describe their plan to another student before building. Once students were ready, they began to test their cars on the awesome ramp that Mr. C built for us last summer! Check out the photos by clicking here!

Winter 2019-2020

This winter, our second and third-grade Makers’ Clubs did both the Penguin Raft Challenge AND created Igloo Building Challenge.  With specific directions, students created either a raft (like a glacier) that could hold the most pennies (penguins) OR created an igloo with a dome top and a tunnel to get inside. For both challenges, our groups talked about the habitats where these penguins might live or the places where these igloos might exist.  We also talked about the weather elements that would affect the igloos. Click here to see lots of photos from these two great challenges!

OZOBOT Fun in the 19-20 School Year!

This year, we’ve again gotten great use out of our sets of OZOBOTs!  In November, Mrs. Berchtold’s and Miss Chilcott’s classes used them to pair with the book Balloons Over Broadway.  This was awesome as we taped actual balloons onto the top of the OZOBOTs and watched them go down our parade route. Later in the year, Mrs. Tichy’s class was extra busy with the OZOBOTs in fourth grade! And, the second-grade classes of Mrs. Polman and Mrs. Jagielo used the OZOBOTs in conjunction with learning the water cycle!  What a cool idea! Click here to check out some photos…