We started off part of our STEM grant this week with a Breakout EDU pretest game about using Google email. It was not only a good way to get the students used to GMail on the chromebooks but was an exercise in perseverance and patience. A timer was set for 45 minutes and students had to work independently to try and decipher the clues for each of the 4 locks. They had to get each answer correct before they were given the next clue in the sequence. The first lock required them to put in a URL address correctly, watch a video, and answer a question. Lock two had them looking at an image on the chromebook and trying to find the correct answer within the image. Only 7 made it to this stage. Lock 3 had them trying to figure out an alpha numeric code. One lone student made it to this step. Lock 4 would have been for them to send me an email with a picture attachment. None made it to this stage. At the end of the 45 minutes, I walked through all 4 of the locks and how to solve them. Sadly the prize inside, M&Ms were not won by any of them so I let them know I'd just have to eat them myself. After we were finished, we had a great classroom discussion about how we would be working throughout the year on their critical thinking skills and that when we tried a similar puzzle at the end of the year I had no doubts that they would get farther than they had today. When I asked how many of them were going to try hard next time and do even better, everyone raised their hands. I guess they didn't have any doubts either. ☺
We are off and running with a new school year and a new focus. Our STEM project this year is not only threefold but it is also geared to all grades and all classes throughout the school. In addition, each of our STEM rooms are working on our own initiatives and guest speakers. For more information on our specific projects, please feel free to look at the Real World Expansion Pack under STEM@Schall. As always we will continue to update this throughout the year.
The STEM Sisters are Elementary Teachers working together on STEM related topics and projects.