I completed this kit with 3rd-5th grade students and thought it was age appropriate and captured interest for all of these grade levels. There’s a bit of information about matter, density, and volume, which fit nicely with the science content I had already taught this year to my fifth grade students. As the teacher, you are supposed to make up vials of materials ahead of time that students attach together to make their submersibles, but to save myself a lot of time, I had the groups make up their own as they needed them.
This month, I cracked open my second kit on agricultural engineering and students are in the process of designing hand pollinators. With such a long and challenging winter, talking about flowers has been a nice change! Although students haven’t finished their hand pollinators yet, they have been investigating materials that might have the right properties to pick up “pollen” and deliver it to another “flower.” Students are so far busily attaching pom poms to craft sticks and eager to try them out. I am completing this kit with 4th and 5th graders. Students seemed to really enjoy the reader’s theater selection that is part of a lesson, but I would say this kit seems geared a little younger than 5th grade. However, there is a focus on the properties of matter, which again does fit with the content I had taught this past fall so it still makes a nice review for 5th grade.
The STEM Sisters are Elementary Teachers working together on STEM related topics and projects.