We are off to a great start! Our theme for today's class was based on the book Ish by Peter Reynolds. It is a story about creative self expression and accepting imperfections in our creativity. We focused on our own unique and interesting creative ideas and the importance of building upon, supporting, and learning from each other's creativity. We discovered that thinking 'ish-ly" with our creative expression is more important that getting something right. Living ish-ly means being brave enough to take risks and confident enough to try new things which is an important goal for our class this year.
Maker Space Convention: The students completed a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, & mathematics) mystery build challenge where they had to use their problem solving skills and collaboration to build a mystery object that they were assigned, while keeping to a budget for their supplies. They had to decide on the best materials needed to build their structure, sketch their ideas, and meet their challenge within a specific time limit. Learning to work together to accomplish a group goal through group brainstorming was an emphasis along with incorporating other's ideas in this STEAM building challenge. The groups provided feedback to each other upon completion of the task and each student completed a refection on their progress.
Purposeful Play Floor Challenges: The students had fun problem solving together doing team puzzles and Lego challenges. They also explored their creativity in our classroom “Zen Zone.”
Famous Inventors Research: The students explored common traits, or characteristics that inventors have and how these traits can lead to important inventions that can change the world. They have begun their research on an inventor who has made an impact on society and will be preparing a presentation on google slides to share and teach the class about their famous inventor.
Open House Night: Thank you to all of the parents who attended the GT Open House! It was great to see you and your support of the program is greatly appreciated. Thanks, also for trying the brain buster challenge the students selected for you and for participating in the STEM Cup Challenge
Thanksgiving Maker Space Challenge: The students used their creative problem solving and collaboration skills to create structures for Pilgrims and Wampanoags based on specific design challenges. They did research on the importance of their structure to the Pilgrims or Wampanoags and about their way of life. Then, they chose specific materials to use to design their structure. Next, they will share their ideas at our Thanksgiving Maker Space Convention.
Turkey Bowling: To celebrate our Thanksgiving spirit, the student's enjoyed challenging their classmates to a round of turkey bowling. They used problem solving skills and logic to have the last turkey standing. Gobble...gobble...fun!
Inventions of the 21st Century Team Activity: The students worked in cooperative groups and researched five fields in the of study of inventions (medicine, transportation, sports, communication, and games). They explored and listed inventions in each area and explained how each invention impacted society. Then, they brainstormed an original invention in their field that would meet the needs of society in the 21st century that is ever changing and presented their ideas to the class. Next, they will write proposals for their own invention of the future projects!
Invention Convention: Our invention unit has begun and the students are working together in small groups based upon similar interests to create an invention that will solve a need or problem for the future. They are doing research on past, present, and future technologies related to their invention and will be designing a prototype and website to present to the class.
Quotes to Ponder: We have been analyzing quotes of inventors & other famous people to strengthen the students creative thinking skills. The students researched and chose a quote that inspired them and shared the meaning with the class. They are now creating their own original quotes that state their beliefs and message that they want to send to others to be added to our classroom "Quotes to Ponder," wall.
Tinkercad Exploring: The students had a presentation on learning how to use Tinkercad to design a 3D logo for their original invention using computer aided design from the BBP library. The logos will be printed using the BBP library's printer for the students to share and include with their original invention presentation to the class. We were grateful for the time and efforts from Mr. Steve who helped us with our creations!
Simple Machines Playgrounds: The students were challenged to work collaboratively to create a playground involving the use of all 6 simple machines. They had to draw blueprints for their design of their playground and were only allowed to choose 30 materials from the classroom supply list to construct their simple machine playground structures. After their construction was complete, their shared their unique designs and creative ideas with the class.
Simple Machine Leprechaun Traps: The students used their knowledge gained in class of simple machines and their creativity to create leprechaun traps. They were required to include four simple machines in their design and include a detailed diagram, which explained the structure and function of each part of their trap. After, the students shared their traps with the class and gave reflective feedback to their peers. It was a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's day and we are hoping one of the groups gets lucky and traps a leprechaun to grant their wishes!
Field Trip to Stony Brook University: The students had an exciting day touring the radiology department of Stony Brook University Hospital where they learned about x-rays, cat scans and MRI technology and their applications. They also visited the School of Journalism and learned about how to detect fake news by engaging in activities that evaluated their visual literacy skills. We were grateful for the generosity of the SBU professors for their efforts in putting together such wonderful and engaging programs.
SEED Night: Thanks to all the families who came to support the students at the SEED Celebration of Science and were there to view their original invention projects. The students also had the chance to present their projects to the class and we had a museum walk where the students gave feedback to each other about their products. Way to go young inventors!
Long Island Science Center Visit: The students explored the world of forensic archeology today and learned about the different aspects of bones that can be used to determine the age, gender, and trauma to the skeleton. They solved a "crime" by investigating bone samples and looked for clues to determine the cause of death. They did a great job analyzing the evidence and developing their possible solutions to the crime mystery.