Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Chemical Engineering and 1st grade

For this unit we studied properties of different materials and how properties can change when mixed together.  We made predictions, tested, and recorded our results.  Then we tried to figure out the best process for making play doh with these materials.  Finally, the big day was making and playing with our play doh!  The students even designed their own labels for their play doh!  It was gooey fun!

Monday, November 28, 2016

WeDo Robotics and 3rd grade!

Third grade worked hard first building their robots and then programming them to achieve challenges.  They learned that programming takes time and patience.  They also learned how to collaborate on projects and find someone who could help them "debug" their program when it didn't work.  After some practice, they built soccer kickers, goalies, and cheerleaders.  Then we had a soccer match!  Here are some photos of the process and the videos at the end of part of the match for each class.  It was really fun!

Monday, November 7, 2016


By now your child has already brought home their latest project from STEAM class -- Goo!!!  It's a halloween tradition in my class.  We learn about the states of matter and we make a prediction about what we are making.  In the end we get messy; we are amazed; and we learn about Non-Newtonian Liquids.  The mess is great, but the smiles and looks of astonishment as the goo forms are worth any and all effort.  Here are some of the photos from the two days.