During the week of May 11, fifth grade has been studying the science of water distribution and water quality. For their STEM challenge of the week, they were tasked with creating an aqueduct that can transport water at least 3 feet. Check out Ryan's impressive design and execution!
For our STEM challenge of the week, several students have been outside finding natural resources for their DIY birds nests! The only rule? No household supplies allowed! That means no scissors, tape, or glue- only things found in nature will do! Good job Madison, Ryan, Kaity, and Emma! These nests look great!
For our week 3 experiment, Gavin investigated which brand of shampoo created the most foam and how long it lasted. If a high foaming shampoo is your goal, he learned that Nexxus is superior to L'Oreal! Great work, Gavin!
Marley didn't waste any time with her distance learning assignment for week 2! She found and neatly labeled each of her abiotic (nonliving) and biotic (living) things for me to share with you!
For this week's STEM Challenge, Grace designed a boat that held 224 pennies before it finally sank! Aaron's design was so sturdy, he wasn't able to sink it! Way to go!
Fifth grader, Isabel D. was exploring some science concepts in her first few days of the COVID closure. Check out her "Walking Water" experiment pictured below! If you want to try it for yourself, head over to www.scientificamerican.com/article/walking-water/ for directions and scientific background information!
As a part of their Tinker class, our students had the opportunity to build a shield, cinder cone, composite (strato), and/or lava dome volcanoes out of a building material of their choice! They were all smiles to show off their creations.
We recently investigated the relationship between lava viscosity and the shape of a volcano as well as how it explodes! We learned that shield volcanoes (Like Hawaii's Kilauea) must have thin, low-viscosity lava because it bubbles easily and spreads very far. In contrast, composite volcanoes (like Mt. St. Helen's) must have more viscous lava because they build up more pressure in the lava when you try to blow bubbles, and the lava isn't as runny allowing it to pile up higher!