Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's Going on in the Lab? It's the Heart Series!

Are you ready for Valentine's Day in your classroom?
Maybe you need some fun activities that also have some teamwork, communication, data recording, measuring, estimating, testing, and more!
Oh. My. Goodness.
We tested some Valentine's Day STEM challenges in the last week and LOVED all of them!
Take a look!
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!

Here's the first one!
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
In this one the kids were to build a candy box with specific dimensions and test it with samples of the candy.
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
Part of the task was to invent a clever name for the candy. Yeah, well, the team in the photo above thought this was really funny! It's called "Box of Chocolate". That is pretty funny!
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
The Mix and Match Chocolate group made the box larger than the paper I gave them, so they joined two colors together. Clever!

STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
Here's a group testing their candy!
And, you have to watch the video below!

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Is that the coolest invention, like, ever?! Three fifth grade boys made that box and they were completely determined to make that flip top lid work!


Take a look at the second Valentine's Day Challenge!
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
Why, yes, we did make bow and arrows!
I wrote a little about this on another blog post and you can read that right {HERE}.
It all worked out really well, despite the goofs I made. It was perfectly safe (as much as you can be with fifth graders and bow and arrows) and they were quite clever in the way they designed the bows and arrows.

Here's the third event we tried! My third graders were feeling particularly left out.
Fourth graders were making roller coasters.
Fifth graders were making bows and arrows.
So, I invented the Candy Zip line!
BAM!
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
THIRD GRADE HEAVEN!
They had to build a box and a way to attach it to the zip line and deliver a gift safely!
This included attaching it to a line I rigged and letting the box zip down the line!
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!

But here's the best thing that came out of this challenge! A little guy informed me he knew the perfect way to build a box and then proceeded to show me! Take a look:
STEM Challenge money-saving bundle of three tasks all involving Valentine's Day! What a great way to say "I Love You" by having kids design boxes, zip lines, and more! Easy preparation for busy teachers!
He taped two pieces of paper together as a tube and then creased it on each end.
Then he opened it and placed the creases in the center and flattened it so that two more creases were created. This made it a square shape. Now, he cut at the corners and folded the flaps inward. He took another piece of paper and covered the opening and there was a box. (I'm pretty sure that if he had made those corner cuts deeper the flaps would have created the bottom covering, but I was not about to tell the little expert this. I was pretty impressed at what he did!)


So, there you have it! That is what we have been up to lately!
What are you doing in Science?

Coming soon!
Marble Runs
Suspension Bridges
Windmills
Ferris Wheels

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