In class we will be continuing learning all about the engineering and design process. How we first ask the questions and define the problem, next brainstorm and think of ideas, then come up with a plan, next create and last but not least, we improve.
I got this great idea from Little Bins for Little Hands. I wanted to create something fun with Legos and I thought this was the perfect idea. Design and build different Lego cars and then race them with balloons. I think my little scientists are going to love this.
So”Lego” your mind and start to EXPLORE!
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In class we will be learning all about engineering and what STEM is and why we need it. We will focus on Engineering, Technology and the Application of science and how all of the fields of STEM are linked together.
BuggyandBuddy.com gave me a great idea. I wanted to teach my students all about engineering and the design process. What other to do that than with Hexbugs? So fun! will be making Hexbug mazes out of straws, tape and poster boards and using the design process. I’m super excited for this lesson because the students will be doing their first stem challenge this year and I always love a good stem challenge. Get ready to get in “Gear” for success in science! I sure do love your students a whole “bot!” Haha!!
Lego City: Ready For Takeoff by Scholastic
Lego City: Calling All Cars by Scholastic
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder
Robot, Go Bot by Dana Rau
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Magic Toolbox by Mie Araki
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Cleonardo The Little Inventor by Mary Grand Pre
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Oh No! (Or How My Science Fair Project Destroyed The World) by Mac Barnett
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Mechanimals by Chris Tougas
Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
BONUS: Visit an SURC-ET: Southern Utah Robotics Coalition event OR be involved in the Junior First Lego League @ North OR visit an automotive or mechanic shop
In class we will be building and engineering with PVC pipes, legos and snap circuits. Get ready to “gear up for success”, because this is your “shortcut to awesome” in science class.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”~ Thomas Edison
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 to October 18, 1931) was an American inventor who is considered one of America’s leading businessmen. Edison rose from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology, including the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb. He is credited today for helping to build America’s economy during the nation’s vulnerable early years.
Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the practical incandescent electric light bulb and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than 1,000 patents for his inventions.
“Edison’s inventions and improvements on already invented equipment let people live more comfortably. His inventions provided entertainment. The telegraph let people send messages quickly. In war time or emergencies, telegraphs saved lives. When the Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, a telegraph alerted rescuers to the disaster. ~ Easy science for kids