Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What's Going on in the Lab? Satellite Dish Towers

Oh. My. Goodness. We had the BEST time making these little towers!
Thanks for stopping by- photos and a video are included to share our latest tower extravaganza!
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
This tower idea was hatched after talking with some students that love to build towers. They requested just a box of materials and time to just build a tower. Well, as much as that sounded like fun, I also thought there should be a reason for it. Then two days later I happened to see a row of satellite dish devices lining the back of an apartment complex. Every balcony had one and some had two! I thought, "Why doesn't that apartment complex just have one big satellite dish or tower that everyone can access?
BAM! New Stem Idea!

Take a look:
 

This one has the ULTIMATE in COLLABORATION! This is one of my favorite ways to use a STEM challenge.

Here's the deal.
One group. Two teams.
One team builds the tower. One team build the satellite dish.
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
One bin  of supplies for the Tower team.
One bin of supplies for the Dish team.

So here's one group:
 STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
 The dish!
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
The Tower!

Here's another:
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
 The tower!

STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
The dish!
When they are ready the two parts must be joined together.
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!

STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!

Will they fit correctly? Will the tower stand up to the weight of the dish? Will the dish follow the rules of the task? One of the rules was that the dish must rotate!
I don't like to choose favorites, but I thought this one was very clever! Look at the photo below.
The team cut up pieces of straws and placed them inside the cup, covered it, and then when the "dish" rotated the little pieces moved. They told me these were receptors....
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!

Finally, my groups wanted to name their satellite dish "companies" and they came up with the most clever names.
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!

STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
See that little bat inside the cup above. That is drawn on the bottom of the cup-INSIDE the cup.
I said, to the boy that did this, "How did you get that picture inside the cup?"
He replied, quite dramatically, "A magician never reveals his secrets!"

We also had the S.I.S - which meant the Space International Satellite.
The Trashellite
Dish-o-roma
Supersonic Sky Satellite 3000
and this:
STEM Challenge: It's our latest tower event! One group divided into two teams. Each team builds part of the tower and when they are ready the two teams join their parts together! Fabulous collaboration opportunity!
That's the "I Wish I Had a Dish"!

This was an awesome challenge! It made us collaborate between two teams and I loved it. It was so interesting to hear the talk and see the two teams helping one another.
STEM AT ITS BEST!
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Come back next Wednesday for more and coming soon you might see:

Water Towers
Flood Barriers
Marble Runs
Index Card Bridges
Exploring Mean, Median, and Mode
Building Boxes


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