Yes, there were leaks! Yes, we made chocolate goodies. Yes, I made 10 jello pans.
This is STEM!
And it was fun. Maybe, the most fun ever, but you can decide after you read the part about the jello...
But, I can promise you this: Your students will be totally engaged in these activities!
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First Way To Engage Your Kids - SOLAR OVENS
This turned out to be spectacular. First of all I needed the boxes, though. I thought of pizza boxes first and I went to my favorite local restaurant and asked if they could donate some pizza boxes. The manager said they could and when I requested 40 boxes, his face had that look. You know, the look that means uh-oh, but you are trying to not look like that. So, I told him I would think about it and get back with him. By the way for one classroom you do not need 40 boxes, but I have six third grade classes, so that would be 36-38 boxes needed.
So, what to do? AMAZON to the rescue. You know they have everything and here's what I found!
The perfect size! The price was good and I got 100 delivered in two days!
And, of course, we ended the event by cooking some s'mores! Can I just say this was definitely a hit with the third grade? Would this one be your favorite?
Here's another way to engage your kids! - EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT BUILDINGS
Before we started working on this one the dilemma I had was making and storing all those pans of jello. I bought the pans at the Dollar Tree and took the jello and pans to school on a Saturday afternoon. I borrowed our portable kitchen mini fridge and then stored all the pans in it.
Some things we learned:One or two pans would work for the whole class, cover the jello before placing the structure on it, and don't touch the jello! Some of our structures were remarkably stable!
I will have to say that kids loved this one, too! These were fourth graders and they really loved the shaking part the best! Is this your favorite?
Finally, one last way to engage your kids! - WATER PIPELINES
Kids had an array of materials and needed to make a water reservoir that would hold water and then transport it through tubing to another container- without leaking.
Got that? No leaks.
This turned out to be surprisingly easy for some teams and a disaster for others. But, it was all super fun. I wish I had a video of the kids scrambling and holding their hands under the leaks after the water started running through. Sometimes the whole team would all have cupped hands under the leaks. I would hear a voice hollering, "Help!" Teams at the next table would come to their rescue with towels and extra hands.
By the way, did you know that wet tape is no longer sticky?
Okay, which one do you think will be your kids' favorite? I promise, they will love any of these and they are perfect for April and Earth Day!