Our school system has an amazing STEM program for students in grades 6-12. Next year, we are going to STEAM. The arts will become part of the curriculum and it will start in fifth grade. I am beyond excited. We kicked off STEAM with a week of school wide activities.
Vel O'City showed up to teach science. My student love when I dress up and even come up with ideas for me. I ordered a black men's work jumpsuit from Amazon and striped it with checkered duct tape. Cheaper than buying a costume.
The kids had a list of items that each had money values. I gave them a budget and they had to design their car with their team. Keep your groups no more than three!
I used the sheet from this amazing website, Teach Engineering. It has the lesson, powerpoint and sheets. The only thing I would change is add a little more money in the suggested budget. I had some kids drop cars and break all their lifesaver wheels.
Do not use Elmer's glue. Use a glue gun.
Here are my students creating their designs.
We brainstormed how this lesson is STEAM. We created the poster before we started. I am so impressed with their knowledge.
The next day we started building.
Here are kids testing and redesigning.
I forgot to take pictures on race day. It was a little crazy the last week of school...LOL!
Here are a few videos from last year. My husband made my tracks out of coil stock for siding houses. The website suggests gutters.
Now it is time to start your engines!