1st Grade STEM: Chemical Engineering
CP: Jan 3 - Feb 3, 2017
Our first graders will begin an engineering unit called Chemical Engineering: Improving a Play Dough Process on Monday, September 30th. This is part of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. EiE is a curricular program that integrates the science students are already learning in elementary school with the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve). In this unit, students shape their understandings of sequenced processes, the properties of solids and liquids, and some possible outcomes of mixing the two, as they get serious about play dough. This hands-on STEM unit exposes students to real world and career opportunities in the field of chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
Students follow in the steps of Michelle, the storybook’s Canadian kid hockey-player turned junior-chemical engineer. Michelle uses her knowledge of processes and play dough to help her team raise money to see their favorite pro team play.
4th Grade Robotics
CP & Pkr: Dec 12, 2016 - Jan 24, 2017
Fourth grade was introduced to the exciting LEGO EV3 robots last month. Students began by learning the basic programming skills necessary to run their bots. After wrapping up a series of practice challenges, students will begin working on their final challenge. Teams will assess the potential dangers around an active volcano and decide how their robot can perform to help in this dangerous scenario.
7th Grade STEM: Engineering Academy
CP & PKR: Jan 3 - Feb 23
During this 7th Grade Engineering unit, our students will be adding to their knowledge of mechanical design and electronics to make an autonomous vehicle which solves a specific problem. In the beginning of the trimester, students will review and expand on the technical skills needed to complete their engineering projects. After that, students will work through the engineering design process to develop a prototype that solves the given problem. Students will use C-based language coding, electricity, basic circuitry and power management before they create the circuit and code the Arduino microprocessor to control their vehicle. Students will also use computer assisted drawing software both to design their vehicle chassis and moving components of the vehicle. As 6th graders, they focused on laser cutting and engraving. As 7th graders, they will continue to develop those skills and add 3D printing software to their repertoire. Through the unit, students will work in groups to solve problems and develop solutions in a collaborative, real-world approach!