Problem solving and team work are foundational skills for 21st Century learners. To strengthen these skills the 5th graders worked through two STEM projects during the first quarter of the school year.
For their first project the 5th graders worked in teams to design and build a bridge out of popsicle sticks. The goal was to build a bridge that could hold 10 pounds while spanning a thirteen-inch gap. The students had to communicate their ideas, listen to other students’ ideas, and work together to build a bridge. This year’s strongest bridge held 60lbs!
Another STEM project the 5th graders completed was to design the ideal bubble wand for their three-year-old cousin. After testing store bought bubble wands they brainstormed idea’s and then used the Tinkercad program to create their design. After completing the design process the bubble wands were 3D printed. After printing, the wands were tested and compared to store-bought wands.
Students are blessed here at St. Johns to have the resources to develop the skills they need to be successful.
By: Mr. Duport, 5th grade