I teach STEAM in a low-income, Title I school, where most of my students live in poverty. Most either live in low income apartments, or are in multigenerational households for economic reasons. Despite their many obstacles to learning, these students are motivated to learn and excel when provided opportunities and materials to do so. I work hard to create diverse lessons that utilize both technology and hands-on activities to create meaningful learning experiences.
Unfortunately, my classroom budget is very limited and so my students don't have access to technology and materials readily available in more affluent schools.
As the STEAM teacher, I desire to provide every student in the school the means to explore science in new ways despite financial limitations or the myriad of challenges they face outside of school.
Students will use these marble runs to engineer Rube Goldberg style machines on the magnetic whiteboards in my classroom. They will first draw out the path they intend the marble to follow before constructing it. Using a variety of the unique pieces will give students endless possibilities.
As they experiment, adjust, and add new obstacles to their designs, students will become engineers with an understanding of gravity and motion!
This magnetic run will take them out of their seats and around the room to try new challenges. Which team will have their marble travel for the longest amount of time or for the farthest distance?
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