For our first STEM project, students were asked to build a bridge for either weight or capacity. Students were given specific criteria in order to build their bridges.
Students were given the exact same amount and type of materials to begin building their bridges.
- Jumbo craft sticks
- Pipe cleaners
The bridge had to be at least 2 inches tall and 8 inches wide. Students were given rulers to measure their bridges and make sure they were following the guidelines.
Once their bridge was complete and met the measurement guidelines, students began stacking pennies on their bridges to see how many they could fit without the bridge collapsing or pennies sliding off.
One student fit 284 pennies on her bridge!
For the month of January, students will design and build a water slide!
The guidelines for the water slide are:
- Can't leak
- Can't fall apart
- A little figurine has to be able to slide down safely
Students were not limited on materials for this project; they were able to use empty water bottles, foil trays, straws, pipe cleaners, etc.
We were able to reach out to Holiday World for this project, and see the live feed of their newest water slide currently being built, the Cheetah Chaser. Students learned where Holiday World gets their slides (ProSlides, out of Canada) and we discussed how the slides manage to make it all the way to Santa Claus from Canada! They learned that theme park engineers put the slides together once they are delivered.
We are still working on this, and are excited to see these slides in action at the end of the month!