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.