WELCOME to our STEAM Lab and MAKERSPACE!
Your child's class will have an hour block in the STEAM Lab each week and a half hour every other week in our MakerSpace Lab. The MakerSpace Lab also has periods that can be signed out and used by classroom teachers and is used in poor weather for recess.
LOOK for future info about this year's STEAM Night in January!
Want to look awesome on STEAM Night? Download our FREE t-shirt printable and make your own "IDEA the Robot" shirt. See you there!
***********Easy Steps for an Awesome T-shirt:**********
*Buy a package of T-Shirt Transfer Sheets from Walmart, Michaels or any craft store.
*Get a shirt, or use a clean old one.
*Follow the direction in the transfer package to print IDEA and iron him on the shirt. (Some packages want the standard image others will need the flipped mirror image so read the instructions!!!)
*Wear your shirt on STEAM Night!!!
"STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experimental learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the reactive process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st Century!" http://educationcloset.com/steam/what-is-steam
I am very excited to be the STEAM teacher at the PLC. STEAM has been around for some time, however, we are one of the first districts in the United States to have a STEAM lab exclusively for Kindergartners. The philosophy is hands-on activities that give the children a scientific process to solve a challenge. Working together, sometimes failing, but inevitably completing the task. My goal is to make this class fun, exciting, and to open the children's minds up to careers that utilize STEAM.
In our STEAM Lab I have specific goals and lessons for the children each week. The MakerSpace Lab is set up as an exploration zone with vatious stations to excite the children's imaginations. Our lab has a Lego Wall, a Magnetic Wall, Make-It Take-It Zones, Building Zones, Reading Zones and Tech Zones. Our Kindergartners will get many opportunties to explore our robots. We use BeeBots and Colby Mouse robots to introduce coding, and we have Cubelets and Dash and Dot to challenge our growing minds!
Introducing the lab to our students
Safety in the STEAM lab
Working together as a team
Introduce the Engineering Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve, repeat if necessary.
Hands on activities to find a group, build a structure, and complete a puzzle
Students will build a tower made of blocks and have "Catpunzel" sit on the top.
Students will make a wall of cups using small and large plastic cups.
Introduce the words "Gravity, Force and Motion."
Students will experiment and build a ramp, show the force of gravity with rubber balls on the ramps, discuss how the slope of the ramp changes it's speed and force.
Students will make a "Ball Run" using tissue tubes and blocks.
Students will make a "Marble Run" using tissue tubes, tape, blocks, cups and foil.
Students will use marshmallows and toothpicks to make a structure that is 3D.
Students will use dominoes to make a structure in "motion."
Students will use ramp kits and dominoes to make a "Chain Reaction."
Introduce Forces: A Force is a push or a pull, it makes something move or makes something stop.
Students will use a dowel and rubber band launcher to launch small cars, mark the distance on the floor the cars have traveled and explore the best type of rubber band to use (thin or thick).
Introduce "Simple Machines", anything that helps you to do work easier is a simple machine. For example you can use a ramp to move heavy objects up into a house or a lever to help you pick up something heavy.
Students will use rulers and blocks to make a simple lever, lift a weight and compare it to scales in the classroom.Students will use a dowel, tissue tube, string with a hook, clothespins,and two chairs to design a simple pulley to lift a cup with toys.Students will use the ARIES (Augmented Reality Interactive Educational Sandbox) to design mountains and plains for Santa and his sleigh to fly over.JanuaryStudents will use a folded index card, straws, mini marshmallows and Life Savers candies to make simple cars. Wheels and axels are a simple machine.Students will watch Mystery Science interactive lesson: "How Big is the Biggest Excavator?" Students will follow the lesson to move and work like an excavator and draw the parts of an excavator
I am a Kindergartner
"I am big...I know I can do it by myself...give me a chance...I believe in me...I will make mistakes but I will learn from them...I will try to help my friends when they make mistakes too...I am kind, I am smart, I am me, and that makes me special...I am a Kindergartner!!"