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!

Making a Home for a Monster!

In this Kindergarten STEAM unit, students worked with a partner to make a monster out of glow-in-the-dark beads and pipe cleaners. Then, they were challenged to make a shelter for their monster that would be worth I’d be dark enough to make the monster glow! Students reused recyclable materials like milk jugs, tissue boxes, cardboard tubes, newspaper and egg cartons to build their monster homes. Students tested their design and made improvements!

Me On the Map

First graders were reading about maps, so in STEAM they planned and designed a map of an imaginary community. First, we brainstormed places in a town and made a concept map.  Next, students made a map on the Interactive Whiteboard.  Then, they made a model of their town. Each group made a different building for our town.  A big thank you goes out to Colteryahn Dairy who donated empty cartons for the buildings. Students programmed the BeeBots to go from one place in the town to another. They also learned about circuits and made “Squishy Circuits” with play dough, a battery pack and a light bulb. They put their “Squishy Circuits” in the buildings to light them up!  See our learning in action in this video:

Constructing Native American Dwellings

In 5th Grade students were learning about different Native American cultures, so in STEAM they researched different dwellings used by Native Americans.  They watched videos to learn how the Native Americans constructed each dwelling.  They followed the Engineering & Design process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) to design and build a model of a Native American Dwelling.  Check out their final products below:

Spaghetti Skyscraper Earthquake Challenge

In 6th Grade students were reading about natural disasters, so in STEAM they were challenged to create a model of a skyscraper that could withstand a 10 second earthquake simulation.  Their structure also had to securely hold an egg.  They used marshmallows, uncooked spaghetti and masking tape.  (They could not tape their egg to their structure).  They had to “purchase” their materials and had to stay within their budget of $4,875.  Spaghetti was $100 per noodle, marshmallows were $50 a piece and masking tape was $25 per inch.  Students had to write checks and complete purchase orders.  They also had to decide whether or not they wanted to purchase insurance prior to construction in case of catastrophic loss.  This unit incorporated the 4 C’s of 21st Century learning, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.  Students also had to be resilient and adopt a Growth Mindset when faced with challenges and set backs.   See how they did in the video below:

Nursery Rhyme Challenges

Students in Kindergarten participated in Nursery Rhyme themed design challenges during the 1st Nine Weeks.  Students worked together as a team following the Engineering & Design Process to create an egg protector for Humpty Dumpty.  We tested our designs by putting an egg in our protector and dropping it from a staircase.  We had a very high success rate!

Next, students were challenged to get the “cow” to jump over the “moon”, by creating a catapult.  Students used a decorated ping pong ball for the cow and a white balloon for the moon.

Finally, students worked together to make a “fiddle” like instrument.  Check out this video compilation of our Nursery Rhyme Challenges, and be sure to check out your child’s See Saw portfolio for more pictures and video! (Don’t have a See Saw account? Email Miss Conroy at cconroy@ambridge.k12.pa.us)

The Three Little Pigs

In 1st grade Reading students read different versions the folktale, The Three Little Pigs. In the STEAM Lab with Miss Conroy, students at Economy and State Street created houses for the 3 Little pigs out of drinking straws, craft sticks and Legos and cubes. Students worked as a team and followed the Engineering and Design process.  They documented their progress in their Engineering & Design Notebooks.  Students read a Reader’s Theater script of The Three Little Pigs to help build their  reading fluency and acted out the play through a puppet show.  Each class filmed 2 videos on an iPad using green screen technology.  Below you will find their final products.  We hope you enjoy them!

Ms. Bennis’s Class

https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5874026f2a1e2

https://safeshare.tv/x/ss587401e8c4787

Mrs. Clinger’s Class

https://safeshare.tv/x/_pLuLE7k1Og

https://safeshare.tv/x/ss587401849d6ad

Mrs.  Kovach’s Class

https://safeshare.tv/x/ss587402b16af6b

https://safeshare.tv/x/KPrFkzTMSQQ

Mrs. Malinch’s Class

https://safeshare.tv/x/ss587402f42c205

https://safeshare.tv/x/ss5874023f42983