Monday, April 17, 2017
First Grade Fairy Tale STEM Project
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.