Wednesday, March 16, 2016

What's Going on in the Lab! Another Bulletin Board!

Hello STEM and Science Friends! This weekly post of mine is almost always about the STEM tasks we are currently doing. Sometimes the post is about something we did a long time ago.

And sometimes it's about Bulletin Boards!
It's a popular topic and I know why!
We LOVE to decorate those boards! 
Okay, maybe not so much! Anyway I have shared some of my fabulous boards and I am featuring a new one today!
I promise it's easy!

Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom!

So, here you go, step-by-step!
Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom! Step 1 is to choose the pictures!
First, this bulletin board features a lot of pictures or photos. One idea is to give your students a camera and have them snap whatever science means to them and use those photos. That sounded like a fabulous idea to me, but my bulletin board is seriously 7 feet long and 3.5 feet tall, so that many photos was out of my cost range! So, I started going through old science files and workbooks. I found several old science related calendars and a couple of really old textbooks and BAM I had my photos. I just selected the best ones and most colorful. I chose about 30 and trimmed them with a paper cutter.

Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom! Step 2 is to make backgrounds for your pictures!
Second, the photos need to be mounted on dark paper. I cut black construction paper in a square and then glued the photos in place.
You also need to make the letter cards. The word SCIENCE is spelled out on the bulletin board in symbols from the Periodic table. You will need those symbols and corresponding numbers for your letter cards.
I printed my letter cards by making a power point of the symbols on a black background and then printed this on a copier. When these were all finished I also laminated them!

Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom! Step 3 is take your finished pictures and decide on a layout for them!
Third, decide how you want to arrange your letter cards and photo cards. I spread these all out on my floor and just kept moving them around until I had the arrangement I liked. (It kinda reminded me of setting up a gallery wall in my house....)

Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom! Step 4 is to hang your pictures on your board, but they do need to be in a straight line!
Fourth, it's time to go to the board. First, I covered it with a light blue paper and a neutral border. Then I had to measure the leftover space and calculate the placement of all those cards.
This took some work, I will say. I wanted them all to be as even as possible. I think mine ended up being an inch and a half apart horizontally and an inch apart vertically.
Well, then my OCD-ness really kicked in because I knew that when I started in  one corner that by the time I got to the other side my straight line would be angling down hill.
So, I tacked up a string along the top line to use as a guide!
Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom! Step 5 is to admire the finished board!
I used a ruler to measure the distances between each card and it's pretty straight, but not perfect. Some of my cards turned out somehow slightly not the same shape.
But I love it anyway.

Science Bulletin Boards: Here's an easy and fun way to decorate a board for your science classroom! Science Rocks!
It makes a spectacular display!
One of these days I will repeat this with the same idea but use pictures I have taken of my students completing STEM Challenges.
On that note, you could change this up for just about anything.
Here's an idea- make your letter cards spell READ and show photos of your students reading books!
OR make the letter cards spell History and have photos of your kids dressed up as their historical book report characters.
The possibilities for this one are endless!

Need more ideas for a science bulletin board:
Try these blog posts!
Post 1
Post 2
Post 3
Post 4

You can also take a look at my Bulletin Board Pinterest Board:

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