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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.

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 see our designs!

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 photos of our day which included a tour of campus, a tour of the think[box], AND a STEM design challenge! Big thanks to the Highland PSO and to Mr. Jim Badar, professor at CWRU for your generosity in hosting us!

Week 3, The Phone Stand

This week, students were given a problem.  Miss Kolis has no phone stand for her phone! She can’t read recipes from the phone in the kitchen! Brainstorm how you might solve this problem. Students were then given the materials- marshmallows and toothpicks.  NOW brainstorm how you might solve this problem. Create a phone stand for Miss Kolis that stands at least 6 inches off the table and holds Miss Kolis’ phone off the table for 10 or more seconds. Students were able to test their creations and remake until their phone stand met the specifications.

Week 2 of 2016, Intro. to the Design Process

This week, we engaged in a challenge called “Create An Animal.”  Students first had to brainstorm the name of the animal they would create and list the materials they would use. We are working on making a “plan” this year before we dig into the available materials.