My students need biome books (100 3rd graders), straws and balloons for rockets (100 2nd graders), and materials for the science lab and STEAM lab (500 students) - a light table, straw builders, magnetic construction sets.
Our school has a 100% free lunch student population. It is bursting out of its seams with more than five hundred creative, curious and imaginative young people. The school culture promotes values for community, leadership, respect, and curiosity. Teachers work with students to develop strong foundation skills in math and literacy with a focus on science.
Our students are eager for enriched learning experiences and challenges that engage their desire for exploration, discovery and observation.
The school is centered around science and project-based learning carried out by amazing teachers, families and community partners!
These materials will engage more than 500 K-5 students in science and engineering. More than 100 third graders will use the biome books in the science laboratory to do research for their project-based learning unit on animal and plant adaptations and biomes. The books will provide choices for students; from tablet research online to concrete books with specific topics geared towards their age range. Often times there are not enough tablets for everyone, so books provide an opportunity for everybody to participate. The glue sticks will be used by more than 500 students throughout the school year to make interactive science journals and create science artwork, including 3D crystal shapes for 4th grade mineral studies.
The straw construction sets and the magnetic construction set will be used by all students in the school for the engineering maker-space in the school's STEAM lab.
Students build confidence in areas such as design, construction, and physics, by using creative play engineering materials. The sets can be reused again and again. The light table will engage K-2 students and beyond to use the building magnatiles and other materials our labs already have. The light table will be used to add an element of Art for tracing, stenciling, and creating designs before building with tactile materials (building craft stick bridges and birdhouses).
The jumbo straws and different sizes of balloons will be used for more than 100 second graders to plan, build, test, and improve with the engineering process. They will work in pairs to create balloon-straw rockets. They will test out how much force they need to send their rocket down a science lab "zip-line". Will the 7" balloon provide enough force? How about the 11" balloon? This activity will be the kick-off activity for additional engineering projects!
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