St. Joseph School is excited to share our S.T.R.E.A.M. activies and goals with you! S.T.R.E.A.M. takes S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the next level by adding Religion and Art components as well.
On Friday, March17, Dennis Regling brought his “Magic Of Science” show and workshops to St. Joseph elementary and middle schools.
The elementary students were thrilled with “The Magic Of Science” assembly show. Demonstrations included chemistry, mathematics, optical illusions and physics. Liquids magically changed color and whooshed out of a beaker, snow appeared in an empty cup, water was suspended in air with a simple vacuum and students partici- pated in mathematic games. The highlight of the show was when Regling passed electricity through a teacher and lit a fluorescent bulb.
The middle school students enjoyed hands-on workshop activities. They explored air pressure with the Bernouilli Principle and also experiment with Cartesian divers. A demonstration of a Tesla coil was coupled with the students creating an electric circuit that passed through 18 students and activated flashing lights and a buzzer.
Dennis Regling has brought his amazing science shows to over 1900 schools in 29 states in the last 17 years. More information can be found at www.magicdennis.com.
While learning that God made colors, our preschoolers experimented with color mixing using shaving cream and food coloring. We discovered that blue and yellow make green, red and blue make purple and red and yellow make orange. We also realized how much God loves us to put so many beautiful colors in our world!
During Catholic Schools Week, each participated in "S.T.R.E.A.M. Wars," completing various Star Wars themed challenges.
First Grade was asked to design the tallest "space station" using noodles and marshmallows.
Fourth Grade's mission was to help some friends in the Alliance who had been captured by the Rebels and frozen in ice on the planet Hoth. In groups, we brainstormed ways to use the resources in the classroom to help us. Some of the ideas were to use hand sanitizer, the air conditioners, the heater, (I turned the heat down because they all went right for that and I wanted them to be creative.) wrapping the bowl in coats, using something (paper towels, fingers, white board erasers, pencil erasers) to create warmth through friction. We found that friction sped up the melting process.
Fifth Grade was challened to use recycled materials to build a space ship that could defeat the Millenium Falcon.
Yes, we do S.T.R.E.A.M. in preschool! Preschool has been learning that God made air and to identify circles. During one of our recent indoor recesses, we decided to play with balloons in the gym. This lead to some silly static electricity experiements! We discovered that we could use static electricity to make our hair stand up and to stick our balloons to the wall.
Students in our C.A.R.E.S. (Children Are Receiving Extended Services) created marble mazes and competed to see which team could get their marble to the bottom the fastest.
Fifth and Second Grade prayer partners worked together to create tall, sturdy marshmallow towers.
Second Graders created to construct igloos for our elf. It was a special Christmas activity, however, we were also talking about habitats in science, so we talked about how igloos could be found in the tundra. The children were put into groups of three. They had to get together and brainstorm the materials that they wanted to use to build their igloo and then each student was responsible to bring in one of the items. On the day of construction they had to work together to find a way to use their materials to build an igloo large enough for our elf. We also talked about growth mindset in that it was not ok to give up. If something didn't work as planned, they had to think of how to fix it or change it in in some way. It was a group effort. We also watched a youtube video before the project began about how real igloos are built.
Fifth Grade used food items to create a model of a plant cell.