We are having fun with science! We are approaching our lessons with STEM education in mind. The STEM approach integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Our first fun exploration involved pompom poppers created using a yogurt container and balloon. We had fun making them and sending the pompoms all over the classroom. Before we work with the pompom poppers again, we will figure out how we can measure and if we can control the distance and accuracy of our poppers.
Our second exploration made use of marshmallows and toothpicks. The second graders were given toothpicks, marshmallows and the direction to build the tallest tower. They were told the tower should be able to fit on the square paper base they were given. They explored ways to connect the toothpicks and marshmallows, and discovered connections that worked well, and connections that didn’t work so well. At first the children were putting several marshmallows on one toothpick, but eventually they figured out the best way to connect the marshmallows. The tallest free standing towers were about three toothpicks tall. We are going to learn more about building design and give the tallest tower challenge another try. We will also try to build a tall tower that can hold a cup with some pennies in it.
I teach technology to grades Preschool through 8th grade in the mornings, and 2nd grade math, science and religion in the afternoon.I love to share the ways we utilize technology to enhance our learning.