Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is Going on in Your Science Class? Quick Containers


Are you ready for this?
It's a Science link-up!
I have to tell you that, by far, my blog posts that get the most views (other than the ones with silly videos) are the ones where I show things we are building or doing in the science lab!
And, I totally get that!
I love reading about things other science teachers are doing!
So, let's link up with some blog posts about what you are up to in your science class!

First, grab this excessively cute button to show on your blog post. Please link it back to this blog!

Then write all about your latest and greatest science experience! Join the link up at the bottom of this post and then go read about everyone's  adventures! Leave some comments cause we all like to know people are reading.  I'll start us off!

So, the other day I had this amazing Brain Pop!
My lab students love to build things and then put weights in them to test them!
So, I thought.....hmmmmm...why not try a container.
So, first I tried to make one.
STEM Quick Challenge: Easy prep and easy materials will have your students designing and building a container with some challenging rules. Can it hold weight? Can it close and latch? Amazing!
Now, my brain is very black/white, logical, symmetrical (think OCD) so of course I cut a cube pattern. By the way the paper I used was one inch square grid paper, but a heavy weight. Perfect for this project!
Well, my container worked very well!
So, I decided to try this with fourth graders!

Here's one group's progression:
STEM Quick Challenge: Easy prep and easy materials will have your students designing and building a container with some challenging rules. Can it hold weight? Can it close and latch? Amazing!

The rules of this task were that the lid of the container had to hinge and fasten closed. It also had to have a handle and hold weight.
I know, right? Pretty tough constraints.
I even had a kid say, "Mrs. Davis, are you kidding, this is going to be hard!"
My response was, "Then just think of how proud you will be when you are successful!"

And for the most part, they were successful. The hardest part was attaching the handle and that also turned out to be the weakest spot. When the weight of the pennies we put in it got really heavy it was usually the handle that gave way.

One group told me they were thinking about a hamburger box when they designed theirs:
STEM Quick Challenge: Easy prep and easy materials will have your students designing and building a container with some challenging rules. Can it hold weight? Can it close and latch? Amazing!

Here's just a collage of several in progress and some finished boxes.
So, how did they do on testing with weight? The container that held the most weight held.... 375 pennies! That is really heavy! I don't have a photo of it, but that container was shaped like an envelope. 
Anyway, this was a really neat little design challenge.

STEM Quick Challenge: Easy prep and easy materials will have your students designing and building a container with some challenging rules. Can it hold weight? Can it close and latch? Amazing!


So, what have you been doing in your Science Class?
Link up below and tell us all about it.
We want to see photos and hear about the good and the bad. Please include my button linked back to this page. Items in your post can link to your store (of course), but please don't link directly to your store from here.

Science Rocks!
 Thanks so much!

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3 comments :

  1. I love that they were inspired by a hamburger box! :-D Great ideas!

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    1. I know, right?! Kids are amazing thinkers! Thanks for linking up today!
      Carol

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  2. Oh what fun! I love how their minds get going and think of ideas I would never even imagine. Love the link up! Thanks for hosting friend!

    ~Bagby~
    Get Your Science On In Room 701

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