This week I was shocked when I had a group of 8th grade students come ask me if they could use the 3-d printer for their ELA project. They had been tasked with creating an advertisement for a new product. This particular group of students came up with with the “Quicker Caker Cutter” and wanted to used our 3-d design software to create and print a prototype of their product. I am thrilled to see students making connections, on their own, to the endless possibilities of topics covered in STEM!
7th grades in STEM finished the semester by designing a bridge withstand the most pressure in our Stress Analysis machine. They did a great job researching their bridge design and incorporating triangles into their design.
Students were challenged to design a tool that would allow them to build the tallest tower out of paper cups. They were not allowed to grip the cups in any way with their hands. The most successful groups did a great job working as a team. The record height was 8 cup stories high.
6th Grade students were recently tasked with designing a boat out of aluminum foil that could hold the most weight. This was their first engineering design project, and as expected, many groups didn’t consider design purpose when they made their boats. Many groups had beautiful canoes and sailboats, but few actually thought about a barge being designed to carry large loads. Students began the first day by testing their boats and determining their final design, to be built the next day. We then tested the designs as a class. The top boat held 403 pennies!!!!!
The first task the 7th graders were given was to design a table using only 7 sheets of newspaper. The goal was for the table to hold the most weight. Students were given a day to design and test before they had to make their final protype. Students did a nice job applying their knowledge of strong structures to build their tables. Many incorporated triangles into their design to disperse the weight of the load.