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Grades 6-8 have been working hard on coding.  We are using the website www.scratch.mit.edu to log on and create our own games, scenes and animation.  The children are learning how to design the look of their screens, the characters which are called sprites, and then learning how to select the correct programming language to build their code.  By selecting the correct function commands the students can create a series of movements. 

 

Karli working on her hide and seek game
A closer look at her screen and code.
An example of selection and building code functions.

 

Colin and Owen proud of their work.

 

 

Take a peak of our kids in action on their chrome books.
The 6th grade is having great success during our coding lessons.

Halloween happenings in STEM with Kindergarten 

Vinegar, baking soda, dish soap and green food coloring.
The kindergarten getting an up close look at my witches’ brew.
I have them under my spell. Dancing ghosts using static electricity and thin white paper.

 

Here we are learning about generating static electricity. 

Did you see what happened to her hair?
Niamh is having success generating static electricity

 

Let me try this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here the 4th graders beginning their unit on microscopes and magnification.  We begin with a hand lens and focusing on objects found in the stem lab.   We continue our discussion by looking at convex and concave lenses.  This unit allows us to understand how we view objects and the difference between the two.  Please note how the children record their observations in their lab learner books.   

 

Here are the 2nd graders beginning their unit on weight and volume.  We discussed beams and fulcrums. They used meter sticks and wood blocks to build balances to weigh their teddy bears.  They recorded their findings in their Lablearner workbooks.  

 

GEAR UP FOR FALL 2018

  Mrs. Powers’ STEM 

I am looking forward to seeing all my students this week and begin the 2nd year of our STEM program at SFDSCA.  

The  STEM lab is always a place of excitement and discovery.  This year we will continue to use the Lablearner books, equipment and technology to enhance all STEM lessons.  Just over the first two days, the third graders watched a STEM video that showed Michale Jordans’s epic dunk and yes he left from the foul line and what height did he reach and what kind of angle is required for a dunk.  The fact that computers used to be the size of a room.  We discussed the evolution of robotics comparing 1970’s  robots to now.  Lastly, we discussed engineering concepts.  We discussed building sandcastles and tunnels. We used terminology like structure, base, load, and foundation.  We finished with a challenge to build our own structures.  CHECK US OUT .

 

 

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STEM WEEK PROJECTS  JUNE 2018

The students worked for weeks on these amazing projects.   The level of detail in the buildings and characters were so impressive.  Our superintendent viewed the projects and discussed their design with many of our students.  I am very proud of all our students.  Have a great summer . 

 

 

 

We are on a quest to learn about weathering and erosion.  We will be heading out to the Grand Canyon.  The students and I are discussing budgeting and best routes to get there.  Where in the USA is the 6th grade.  We just began to look up routes and types of vehicles. We have selected Rv’s.  In fact, please ask them how they will be traveling, what states we will be driving through.  I even asked them to find out about their own cars and suvs.  One student even noted that his Mom changed from a Odyssey to Chevy suv and they have to stop for gas more often.  This lead to an entire discussion of how to calculate gas mileage and what 17 miles to a gallon means.   The students are truly engaged as they check out google earth,maps and historical landmark websites.   We check out the virtual tours of these amazing places.  

 

 

2nd graders working on our rocks and minerals unit.  The students were given white marble and black obsidian rocks.  They examined the rocks with a hand lens, measured them with rulers and finally weighed them with our pan balances while recording their observations in their lab learner books.  I am so proud of how they work and respect the materials given out.  We move on to investigation 3 after vacation.  

6th graders learned about electricity and the different ways power can be generated.   We went to the Brainpop website on our chrome books to gather information and learn new concepts.  We discussed solar, wind, coal and gas.   We then toured the Hoover dam. https://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/  

Each group was then challenged to create a water wheel using materials from home and in class.  

 

Our measurement unit with first graders. The students use their meter sticks to measure as many items in my room and record their data.  Please note how the students work together.  I think this photo of Shane and Kieran discussing their results demonstrates the collaborative atmosphere of the STEM lab.  

4th graders working with Microscopes
Check out all our groups working together to examine slides.

7th grade getting ready. Goggles on, lets get the supplies
Putting our mixture together.
Wow. Learning can be a lot of fun!

   

Kindergarten read stories about the moon in their Weekly Readers. During STEM, we created a Moon surface and learned how we could use marbles and rocks to create craters.  They learned that Asteroids can create moon craters and then we watched actual moon landing footage on my Smartboard. Please ask them about it.  

Kindergartens recreating the surface of the moon with sand

  STEM_K-8_Rubric           

Concave and Convex Lens
4th graders working with Convex and Concave Lenses.
The boys are recording their results.
Look closely as Lauren and Peter hold the lens and look through it at the bear to record their results
Kindergarten measuring their Wingspans

Working in partners, using our meter sticks to measure each other’s wingspans.
We wrote down our wingspans on our handouts and colored in our bats to display in the hallway

3rd graders in action.

We are discussing Properties of Matter.  We have ice cubes that we took out of freezer and then used our rulers to measure.  We examined their color and size. We made some great observations about how warmth, pressure and even our touch effected the rate of a ice cube melting.  

 

********************************************************************************************************************First graders using hand lenses to discover the differences in wood blocks. We discussed how blocks have different patterns of grain within them and they noticed how each one was unique. We also examined black obsidian rocks, marbles and moon balls.  We then discussed our sense of touch.  We looked at alligators and dinosaurs and felt how their scales were different.  We recorded our observations in our data record books.

I am so proud how well the children are working together in our groups and really handling the materials in a proper manner.  We are loving our discoveries. 

We have had a wonderful opening week of the students coming to the new Stem Lab.  

 

   The students are enjoying working with all the new equipment we have.  Kindergarten took part in a Tower challenge using blocks and bears to create the tallest tower.   They enjoyed trying to figure out which way to put the blocks so it would be the highest in the class.  Each table worked together and through trial and error figured out how to create their Bear Tower.  

The students loved that we took out the Mac Books to work on some Tech skills and learn about Safari and navigating these laptops.  The students were amazed how clear the graphics are as we discovered how to set our own backgrounds and screen savers.

Our First graders worked tuning forks to learn about  their  hearing.  Our first lesson is on The Five Senses.   Please ask them about it.

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into our weekly lab lessons. I  have asked the students to please have a folder labeled STEM for any materials and our data record books to class each week. 

Contact information:

Mrs. Patricia Powers

ppowers@stfrancisschoolbh.net 

 

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