Not Your Average Rain Forest Diorama!

2nd Graders were reading about the Rain Forest, so in STEAM they made a model of a Rain Forest.  Each group made a different layer of the Rain Forest and then we taped our boxes together.  We also had students make pipe cleaner animals.  We connected our animals to a Makey Makey, and learned how to program them in Scratch!  When our Makey Makey is attached to our animals, we can touch them and they make their animal noise!  We learned a lot about the Rain Forest and circuitry in this unit!

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Engineering a Structurally Sound Pet Rock Playground

Second Grade Students were reading about pets in their Reading class.  In STEAM students designed pet rocks.  Then, they worked together to design and engineer play ground equipment that was strong enough to hold their pet rocks.  They followed the Engineering & Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improved) and documented their progress in their Engineering & Design Notebooks.  Students created jungle gyms out of craft sticks and binder clips, and they made swings, slides and see saws out of recyclable materials such as, milk jugs, tissue boxes, cardboard tubes, egg cartons and newspaper.  Here is a video summary of their work: