Our second activity involved the wide open spaces of our playground block top. We used the two types of Sphero covers, Turbo and Nubby, to race the Sphero minions over a set distance. Working in teams of three, (one running the robot, one timing, and one counting down the start) we collected data for each team member and each cover. The plan is to repeat this experiment in the Winter and Spring to see if environmental factors effect the results.
Whew! What a busy month for the STEM Sisters! We gave our students a drawing pretest, asking them to draw pictures of a scientist, technologist, engineer, and mathematician. Here is my favorite! So glad the cat is wearing a hard hat; he is next to an erupting volcano after all!! And why is the math classroom on fire?
We also asked our students to design mazes for the Sphero robots we ordered this summer. I enjoyed watching the students collaborate to make a group maze and practice driving the robots. The fifth graders actually did much better than I thought they would. I'm pretty sure most of them were better at manipulating the Sphero than I was… Next year we will definitely have to make their challenge more demanding.
The last exciting thing I worked on in my room was asking parents with STEM careers to come in and speak to the class. I've got a couple parents lined up and several more said they'd be willing to send in some information about their jobs, even though they couldn't come themselves. I'm excited about the personal connections students will be making to many careers they didn’t know a lot about.
The STEM Sisters are Elementary Teachers working together on STEM related topics and projects.