First Grade Stem
First G rade STEM has been "gearing up" for the new year with their new "Gear Table"!
Using a VEX Robotics area for a home, the students installed axles and gears of all sizes and colors to make individual and super long "gear trains". The students learned how each gear turns its immediate neighbor in the opposite direction, how smaller gears move faster than their larger neighbors, and how to build simple and complex mechanisms such as clock movements.
It was all about DESIGNING A ROCKET TO MARS this first Trimester!
From brainstorming the food necessary for the journey, then mocking the food up - to designing the rocket itself, then building a paper mock up and testing it in the STEM Lab, the First Graders have had a real BLAST!
The First Graders are currently learning and creating in the world of LIGHT and SOUND!
To study shadow, the students focused on human body gesture (happy, sad, glad, surprised, excited, etc), and performed these gestures in class. Then the students created gesture sculptures based on their gesture of choice in aluminum foil in the spirit of artist Alberto Giacometti. The results are simply breathtaking!
To turn this lesson on sound waves into a creative project, the students were asked to create a game board design that would be printed on the "drum" heard - resulting in probably the loudest game of rice shuffle board ever recorded!