My 6th grade Science students come to my classroom with a wide range of scientific backgrounds. However, the majority of my students lack basic scientific concepts due to the push for more time spent on Language Arts and Mathematics in the classroom. Therefore, they have either not received much, or if any, science instruction throughout their elementary school years. Therefore, it is my goal to provide my students with active and hands on STEM activities, while they learn 6th grade science content. They absolutely love hands-on, active, engaging projects and challenges which allow them to think outside the box to find solutions!
Students will utilize the laser pointers and flexible mirrors to create an 8 step geometric reflection maze. Specifically, students will learn about light energy and reflection using the laser pointer and 8 mirrors to hit a target located at the end of their maze. While achieving their goal, they will have to apply geometric concepts throughout the challenge. Students will use protractors to draw, measure, and define angles, in order to correctly position their reflection mirrors in their maze. The angle of the mirrors will have to be correct in order to hit a target located at the end or their maze with their laser. Overall, this will be a challenging, but engaging activity!
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