Wednesday, February 8, 2017

3D Printing

During the months of November and December, students in grades 4 and 5 got to try 3D design and printing. Students worked in Tinkercad to make 2 designs. They made a design to help a future citizen of space and a design of their choice. After students were done designing, they presented their designs to a small group and a select few presented to the class. I am busy printing many designs now and will continue printing throughout the year.

Biomechanical Engineering

Students completed 3 animal projects around biomechanical engineering-a dog life vest, a prosthetic leg, and a prosthetic beak.

Animal life vest 

Prosthetic leg design 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Egg Cars

All STEM students participated in an egg race car unit. Students were to design a car that was both safe and fast, to protect their egg passenger. Supplies cost money and students had to stay within a certain budget.
 Here are a few photos of construction. 
The next units are 3D printing (4/5) and App prototype design (7th). 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New School Year!

The new school year has started and students in grades 4, 5, and 7 will be participating in STEM this year. The students started the year out getting to know the lay out of the room, the teacher, and each other. They participated in 2 team building activities, Save Sam and classroom skits.

 The first engineering unit will be an egg car collision project. Students will start this week or next depending on their class. Documents for the project are available on my school website. Stay tuned for egg car pictures in a few weeks.

Enjoy pictures from the Save Sam activity. Students had to save a gummy work from drowning by inserting the worm into a lifevest (lifesaver), but could not use  their hands. They were only able to use tools that could be engineered from 2 paper clips. 

Monday, May 9, 2016

3D Prototypes

Middle school students have designed 2 projects in a web based 3D modeling program called Tinkercad. One project addressed a real world design problem from NASA, Enabling the Future, or Enabled by Design. The other project was an object of their choice. Students have started presenting their first design choice to their peers. Some students have also started printing their designs. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday Makers

Enjoy some pictures of students creating today. 
3D printing-creating models in Tinkercad for real engineering design challenges. 

4th and 5th graders using Little Bits to build a new invention

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Quarter 4 Projects

Students are done with their Makey Makey projects and have started the next units.

4th and 5th grade:

Students are using a product called Little Bits,

They have been exploring the different bits and learning more about circuits. 
This month students will design and build  their own inventions. 

6th-8th Grade:
Students have started a 3D printing unit. Students explored the relevance of 3D printing and how it is being used in industry. 

Students then learned how to use a 3D modeling program called Tinkercad,

Students will use Tinkercad to complete 2 designs, 1 for printing. Please see the STEM website for product choices and grade sheet.