First graders went to the STEAMworks lab on Halloween and made straw shooters to learn about force and flying. First they created a tiny paper straw like piece and put it on the end of a straw and blew. Nothing happened because the air went right through the creation. They learned you had to put an end to the piece of paper in order to have something to put force against (the push of their breath is the force). They learned about blowing softer and harder and how that affected the distance it flew, how you can't tape the object to the straw or it won't fly. How adding more paper to the shooter or adding excessive tape affects the distance. Good time had by all!
My name is Anne Jarriel and I oversee the SteamWorks lab at Gullett Elementary. I'm blogging about what I see and lead in the STEAM lab which is mostly kids just having a great time!
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