graders at Oly South participated in three STEM challenges in the month
of November. The thanksgiving related challenges encouraged the
students to think outside of the box and use critical thinking skills to
build three different objects.
first challenge that the students took part in was to build a Mayflower
ship that would hold the most checkers. The students were given
aluminum foil, Styrofoam cups, and tape. Once the students built their
vessels, we tested each one in a tub of water. One student in Mrs.
Gray’s class, Auggie W., built a ship that could hold 400 checkers!
While using a simple design, Auggie focused on putting the checkers in
the boat in a balanced method. Great job!
second challenge had the students in partners. Each pair was given
dominoes and popsicle sticks. Their goal was to build a sturdy
Thanksgiving table that would hold all of their dishes without any
overlapping or hanging off the edge. Although the students were not
able to take the “dishes” to their seats beforehand, many found ways to
measure the dishes to get a better idea of the space needed.
final challenge had the students trying to hide Thanksgiving turkeys
from the farmer and save them! The students were given a variety of
materials including tens and hundreds blocks, legos, snap cubs, and
unifix cubes to build a hideout. This proved to be the toughest
challenge of the three for the students to ration their supplies and
build an appropriate sized hideout.
students had a great time with these challenges. First grader Ben S.
said his favorite was the Mayflower build because he likes ships. Kolbi
V. also liked the Mayflower because you got to test them in water.
Reid D. like the turkey hideout best because it was the most fun!
We are excited to see what challenges we can attempt in December!