A Year In STEAM
Mrs. Johnson's and Mrs. Fleming's Pre-Kindergarten Class
In Pre-Kindergarten, students read about boats. They tested different toy boats to see how much weight they would hold and which design held the most. They then added weight to Easter eggs to make submarines. Students made their our own boats from clay and also from tin foil and added coins to see how much our boats could hold before sinking!
Pre-Kindergarten also learned about dinosaurs by being archeologists and digging a dinosaur out of the egg! The eggs were made of baking soda and students were able to use droppers of vinegar and little paint brushes to get the dinosaur “fossils” out!
Mrs. Zlomeck's and Ms. Mountain's Kindergarten Class
Mrs. Guildford's and Ms. Wesche's 1st Grade Class
The kids loved designing their own rockets and then launching them using straws- such a great way for kids to explore science! The kids and I designed our own rockets and launched them using straws! The kids loved seeing how far they could get their straw rockets to go and had fun trying them out at all different angles.
This activity makes a great science exploration and is perfect for the classroom. Kids can compare how different angles of the straw affect the distance the rocket travels or how adding fins or folding the rocket in different ways can affect its flight.
Kindergarteners also had the opportunity to explore by creating pumpkin slime and pumpkin cookies!
First Graders made fossils using clay, dinosaurs, trees and small rocks. Students were paleontologist where they took a pile of dinosaur bones, sorted them out, and built their own dinosaur. It was a little harder than we thought it would be. Today the First Graders turned into geologists as they searched for gems, dinosaurs and bugs. The excitement as they found items was too cute! A great way to end our unit on The Earth.
First Graders also had the opportunity to learn about homing pigeons being trained to find their way home from anywhere! We then practiced getting from one spot in the room to the other side blind folded...harder than they thought! Then they mapped the room and gave specific directions to get across the room with eyes closed! We think we could train a pigeon to find its way back to school after traveling the world!
Mrs. Burton's and Mrs. Schmidt's 2nd Grade Class
2nd Graders discussed which earth material had the perfect properties to make a well-developed mortar to create a wall. Students measured their desired amounts and mixed it to the appropriate consistency. Great job Jags!!!!
Mrs. Cole's and Mrs. Kelley's 3rd Grade Class
3rd graders had a blast doing several activities throughout the year involving making roller coasters out of straws and creating protective container for objects! Students planned their designs through collaboration with others to test and see if they would work!
Ms. Majot's and Mrs. Simpson's 4th Grade Class
Fourth Graders had the opportunity to follow the Scientific Method questioning whether carved pumpkins would decompose faster or slower that uncarved pumpkins. Students decorated their pumpkins and made daily observations over the course of one month. Students took the project one-step further and also observed whether pumpkins that are placed inside and pumpkins that are placed outside would decompose at different rates.
Students also explored Simple Machines through the building of Rube Goldberg Machine! They completed the design process and were excited when their machines actually worked!
Mrs. Auman's and Mrs. Deichmann's 5th Grade Class
The 5th grade completed the "Water, Water Everywhere" STEAM project. They learned that the water they drink is clean and safe thanks to the environmental engineers who design and manage our water supply and water treatment systems.
In this unit, we read the storybook Saving Salila’s Turtle which introduced students to the problem of water pollution—and to some solutions. Students investigated the properties of filter materials, applied their knowledge of water, and were asked to think like environmental engineers as they planned, constructed, tested and improved their own water filters. We also had a guest speaker, Mr. Spring who came from the water department of Allegany County to discuss specific testing and problems with water in our communities
Ms. Burger's and Mrs. Finnemore's 6th Grade Class
Students created an invention to improve the daily life in Afghanistan (Our novel setting) through the engineering process. Limited supplies were given for the prototype. A market was set up and students had to "pitch" their products to buyers. Profits were calculated....Zachary and Ellaina made the highest profit! Congratulations! Their invention removed bacteria from drinking water.