My students need STEM resources, Folk Tales Problem Solving STEM Kits to help Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed.
Close your eyes and imagine a classroom full of laughter, excitement, and fun. Now take this same classroom and see 20 eager, confident, and full of life second graders who have a pure joy for school and all it has to offer. Notice their smiling faces and the way their eyes light up during conversations. Notice the teamwork and the high fives that are happening all over the classroom. Did you notice that they treat each other like they are family? I’m lucky, I don’t have to imagine it. I get to live it every day.
My second graders are the heart and soul of my classroom.
They may come from economically disadvantaged households, but in my classroom, they leave all of their struggles and worries at the door. They know that they are strong, independent thinkers who can accomplish anything they work for. My students are kind-hearted. They are brilliant. They know that no matter what, they are making a difference and leaving their mark on the lives of others.
My students need STEM resources, Folk Tales Problem Solving STEM Kits to help Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed. My project is aimed at helping my students, who are aspiring scientists and engineers, to discover the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in their favorite folk tales. Students will be inspired to use hands-on materials to design, build, then test their one-of-a-kind creations and improve upon them like a real, live engineer would.
They will be living in the times of the legends:
Groups of students will help John Henry race a steam-powered drill. They will lend Johnny Appleseed a hand with fencing in his orchard. Students will build Paul Bunyan a wagon that is strong enough to carry his giant knapsack. As my students use their problem-solving skills to solve design problems, they will also learn about perimeter and area, force and motion, and gain an understanding of gears.
These STEM activities will allow students to consider the world around them and try to make sense of it the best way they know how: building, creating, dismantling, discovering, and exploring.
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