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    STEM
     

    Here are some fun websites to keep your brain active: 

     
    • Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Click on www.code.org to learn how to program games and apps.  

     

     

    • Activate your mind with www.edheads.org to try free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.
       
       
    • Check out www.hoodamath.com to play over 700 cool math games for all grades.
       
       
    • Enjoyed using K'nex in the STEM lab, now build with them online at www.knex.com/fun-and-games
     
     
    Week of June 1, 2015
     
    In class we will be discussing alternative and renewable energy with solar ovens.
     
    • Go online and look at www.solarcooking.org to see how to build a solar oven and how to cook in a solar oven.  In class we have the Sun Oven and will take it outside to cook next week.  How much fossil fuel energy can be saved by cooking in a solar oven? 

     

    • Does the color of cookware affect the solar cooking performance? 

     

    Week of May 18, 2015
     
    In class we have been working on creating Pixie "State Portraits" online.
     
    • Go online or look in a book to learn a few more interesting facts that you can add to your Pixie "State Portrait" this week.
     
    Week of April 20, 2015
     
    In class we have been learning about various types of simple machines.  We have been building simple machines with K'nex.
      
    • Go online to learn about the invention of the lever.  What is the earliest known use of this simple machine?

     

    • Take a lever scavenger hunt.  Pick a room in your house.  How many levers can you find? 
     
     
    Week of March 16, 2015
     
    In class we have been learning about various types of simple machines.  We have been building simple machines with K'nex.

     

    • Take an inclined plane scavenger hunt.  Pick a room in your house like the kitchen or garage.  How many inclined planes, wedges, and screws can you find? 
     
     
    Week of March 2, 2015
     
    In class we have been learning about various types of bridges and simple machines.  We have been building bridges and simple machines with K'nex.
      
    Click on the following link on K'nex club online to play games building online with K'nex.  You can even ask the K'nex company a question online:
     
    Week of February 2, 2015
     
    In class we have been learning about various types of bridges and building bridges with K'nex and Zometools.
      
    Click on the following link on pbs.org to learn more about bridges:
     
    Click on the "Forces Lab" tab which demonstrates the effects of FORCES on different shapes.  Explore the resources offered at this site.
     
     
    Week of January 26, 2015
     
    In class we have been learning about various types of bridges and building bridges with K'nex and Zometools.
     
    Find a video of the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Washington online. 
     
    Why did it collapse? 
     
    How are bridges designed differently today to avoid the same problem?