The students in our class are excited and eager to participate in STEM related activities. They enjoy building models, problem-solving, and being challenged to think of science in new ways--beyond the white lab coat and beakers. As a result, they enjoy using all of their senses to learn. As mathematicians, we find that discussing the best way to solve a problem (draw a picture, work backwards, use a formula) helps us to work towards solutions that we can justify. We are also readers who love a good story and listening to one that is professionally recorded is even better for helping us create images in our minds.
Students will be able to design their own roller coasters to review kinetic and potential energy using engineering and math skills in a hands-on, minds-on activity. Students will also be able to understand the importance of the use of renewable energy resources by creating their own solar-powered machines. Finally, students will learn about the process of using electrolysis by designing a lemon-powered clock. This will further their understanding about the metals contained in electrolytes which help fuel their own bodies. These activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Virginia 2018 Science Standards of Learning for fifth grade.
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