Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkin Elevators

S.T.E.A.M. is an important area of focus in our Lower School this year!  What is STEAM? This graphic from Education Closet explains it well:

We kicked off our focus on S.T.E.A.M. this year with a question: How can you make a pumpkin elevator?  Every partner group started with a tray of found materials and tools (thank you to Mrs. Jones for the photos and help this afternoon!).

The inquiry, trial-and-error, and conversation between children was inspiring.  So many children tried something, then tried something else when it failed.  Partners listened to each others' ideas, offered their own, and worked in collaboration.  Some children had ideas right away and some children explored the materials to find inspiration with what they had to use.  

Please stop by our lockers and take a moment to see the diverse ideas and creations made by the kindergartners.  A few partners are even eager to come back to their elevators and tweak them on Monday morning.  

 The pictures above the lockers capture the students' thinking and their processes--and the process of inquiry was truly the focus for this afternoon!  Well done thinkers!


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