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STEM/STEAM – Illinois State University Laboratory Schools


April 11, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ STEM in Education



STEM/STEAM – Illinois State University Laboratory Schools

ISU Laboratory Schools foster creative thinking and provide students with the skills to communicate effectively, to challenge conventions, as well as to develop and improve strategies for life-long exploration and problem solving.

Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School

  • Kindergarten and First grade students use code.org and Code-a-Pillars in MakerSpace
  • First grade students learn about and design kites in small groups. They construct the kite using  the materials on the STEM cart.
  • Second Grade designs and creates straw roller coasters and develop coding skills
  • Third grade students design and build catapults while exploring forces and interactions during their medieval unit of study.  They also work on coding, Makey Makeys, straw marble mazes, and use a green screen to create weather videos
  • Fourth grade students work on coding skills, Bloxels Building video game maker, straw bridges, and mini golf courses using cardboard
  • Seventh grade works on challenges that include a golf ball drop, task card challenge, marble run, and Rube Goldberg Machines
  • Eighth grade works on challenges that include a golf ball drop, task card challenge, egg drop, and designing and completing a personal learning project aligned to standards.

 

University High School

  • 9th grade Biology students:
    • Use the engineering process to design an insect trap to monitor the Emerald Ash Borer invasive species problem in central, IL.  https://steminvasivespecies.weebly.com/task.html
    • Develop a prototype based on criteria and constraints and evaluate their peers’ designs based on trade offs.
    • Students create a design portfolio for the assessment.
  • Engineering Technology students design, build, and load-test concrete beams as part of a unit on statics and mechanics of materials.
  • 10th grade chemistry students:
    • Build aluminum foil boats to carry cargo (pennies) while studying matter and its interactions.
    • Design and build a device to clean up a simulated oil spill while studying matter and its interactions. (previously used – did not incorporate this activity this year)
    • Build a simple airbag while studying matter and its interactions.
  • During a Mechanical Rate unit, students in the Principles of Technology Course build and test a vehicle they create using only a mousetrap as the source of power. They collect data such as distance travelled and the elapsed time to calculate the vehicles speed and perform unit conversions as well.