WHAT IS HAPPENING IN STEAM
In STEAM, both 3rd and 4th grade students participated in a paper chain challenge with a focus on making it the longest. Our top group from 4th grade was Kyleigh & Allison in 4 Barbella with 288 inches (24 feet) and in 3rd grade, our top group was Samuel & Grace from 3Rohllf with 178.5 (14.8 feet).
Currently, both classes are working as structural engineers to create a structure to hold the most weight. Third-grade classes are making their structures out of index cards with the goal of holding 10 cans of beans. If they meet that challenge, we will test using a student in the room and if their structure still manages to survive, we will ask Mr. Rohllf to stand on the structure. It might sound impossible, but a few groups last year were able to make it to the last round of testing and have their structures survive.
The fourth-grade classes are creating straw bucket towers with the goal of holding the most amount of pennies. The students are working hard designing and redesigning their structures to hopefully increase the number of pennies their structures are able to hold.
In technology, both grade levels are learning how to code using code.org. They have to use logical thinking and critical thinking skills to solve and complete specific tasks in the courses they are enrolled in. In a few weeks, we will have our first Coding Challenge where students have one class period to try and complete one of the Hour of Code activities from code.org. If they are successful, they will receive a certificate of achievement and will be recognized at our school wide morning meeting with Mrs. Dilkes.