I am very excited to be adding a STEM class to my schedule this year! Ms. Chapman and I have been working with a great group of students. This page will continue to be updated as the year goes by and it will contain most of the everyday work that we do.
We are studying a wide variety of topics this year as STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. My hope is that we will cover all topics in a fun and interesting way. Please note that our curriculum for this class is still under construction, but we have the basic order of topics online and will continue to make changes as needed. If you are new to STEM, you may find the attached brochure helpful. Let's step up to STEM!
STEM Lessons - Table of Contents
Unit 1 Intro to STEM - Safety, Ethics, Notebooking & Teamwork
Unit 2 Physics - Buoyancy, Catapults and Newton's Laws
Unit 3 Engineering - Gears, Hydraulics and Torque, Oh My!
Unit 4 Programming and Coding - OG Style - Original Gaming
Unit 5 Robotics - VEX Connects
Unit 6 STEMathematics - Area, Volume and Built to Scale
Unit 7 Architecture - California Building
Unit 8 Space - Eyes on NASA
Unit 9 Energy - Going Green
Unit 10 Machines: Simple and Otherwise
Here's what we've been up to!
Build Your Own Newton's Cradle
Archimedes Squeeze - How many grams will your boat hold?
It FLOATS! We added the weights and then everything they could think to try to sink the S.S. Indestructible. It held more than 8 golf balls at 45g each! After that, they began adding everything they could think of to see how much it would hold. It held a ridiculous amount proving their theory that a greater surface area would strengthen their ability to stay afloat.
Catapults R Us
Our goal was to shoot lima beans as far as your catapult would go. The students all had unique designs and surprised us with shots that went over 7 meters in the parking lot. When weather became too wet, we shot marshmallows in the cafeteria and had some extremely accurate designs. We even had one student create and build a working trebuchet Way to move those marshmallows!
Right now we're designing and building roller coasters out of card stock paper. The goal is to create a design that will take a marble at LEAST 20 seconds to make it through the ride. Everyone's pitching in with ideas and hard work. Can't wait to see the finished products!
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