In October/November 3rd grade traded off building with the lego robotics kits and coding with the Puzzlets. With legos they chose a model to build, followed directions on the computer on how to build them, and then programmed their motors to turn on and off to make them move somehow. Puzzlets is a coding game that ties a plastic trays with directions to the characters on the iPad screen. The students "code" by deciding the order of directions for the character to move. (click on photos to see it all)
In November first graders went to the Steamworks lab to explore force and motion. One station was hot wheels where they figured out ways to make the car go further, stay on the track longer, make loop to loops... Then they built marble runs by taping paper towel rolls on the whiteboard and sending marbles through their creations. There was also a station to build marble runs with legos and with plastic tubes.
Second grade created runs using pool noodle type materials. We also had some really big cardboard tubes.
Both groups had a fantastic time!
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!