Monday, May 22, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The SEV project is coming to the next step which is painting. Students pick either silver, gold or copper colored spray paint and a few minutes of shaking, their SEVs are covered with a new "skin" and are set out to dry.
While they are drying, students go to the bins on the "take-apart club" table (take-apart club meets twice a week during recess and students can take apart computers, printers, radios...whatever is on hand. All the parts, circuit boards, buttons, etc. are stored for future projects...like the SEVs). There they can pick between 3 and 6 different pieces that will be glued onto their SEV...of course these parts must be included on their design and meet a specific need.
When they are done, it's time to display them around the library and and science classroom.
But they are not done...time to add LEDs or MakeyMakeys/Scratch...check back soon for a new post.
Friday, April 28, 2017
The third grade SEV project continues in our Science classroom. As you can see, lots of great making is going on.
Here are some very clever ways our students came up with to attach wheels and axles to their vehicles so they can have a moving part.
The hot glue guns help make this build possible.
All stages of building are still going on as we come down to the last two making sessions.
Here are some almost finished SEVs and their blueprints.
Monday, April 17, 2017
In the 4th semester, our 3rd grade science class takes to the sky as they students learn all about space. One of the favorite projects is the creation of SEVs (Space Exploration Vehicles). Students research planets and have to design and create a SEV that will either land and explore the planet or circle above it and collect data.
This is the first installment of the SEV project this year. It's always great to see where they start... We'll add pictures of their creations as the weeks go on. You'll be amazed at the final project.
Each student must create a project sheet and a blueprint of their SEV, which has to be approved by "NASA" (our 3rd grade science teacher), before they can build. Building materials are recycled objects including plastic containers, laser cut wood remnants, and various other things collected from home.
Every year, our first grade classes study fairy tales and finish the unit with a fairy tail festival. Parents are invited and they are able to share all that they have learned. This year, the teachers wanted to try to incorporate some STEM into the unit and they found this project.
They read a play about Rumpelstiltskin and the Queen that shows the difference between having a growth mindset ("I can do it") vs a fixed mindset ("I can't do it"). Following the design process, the students work to create a musical instrument for Rumpelstiltskin. They collect ideas, create an action plan, test & modify the creation, and reflect.
First version: rubber bands around a cup but the cup collapsed.
Redesigned version: made a box, reinforced it with paper towel rolls.