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Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers

Marshmallow and Spaghetti Challenge!  This lesson will help students with communication, teamwork, and creativity.  I assigned this task in the first week of school – it was a great way for students to get to know each other and begin the discussion on appropriate group work behavior.  

The task was to create the tallest, freestanding structure possible.  Groups could use an unlimited amount of mini marshmallows and spaghetti strands… which may seem like a lot of marshmallows and spaghetti, but students will learn very quickly that more is not always better! 

To begin, each group received (about) the same amount of materials and lab sheet. Students should fill out the first portion of the lab sheet and then decide as a group the best way to construct the tower.  Groups must complete a detailed sketch and show it to their teacher before beginning.  Additionally, if a group would like to alter their initial design, a new sketch created, then additional materials will be dispersed.  Let students be creative and explore this STEAM lesson! Click here for LAB SHEET

S – scientific process
T- I introduced this project via PowerPoint and showed a short video on “Engineering” from Discovery Ed
E- Building concepts/construction
A- Visual and spatial design 
M- 3D shapes and angles 

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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Resources

 

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Stem Resources For Teachers

These resources are just a bunch of my favorite websites that can be used to explain just about anything you’re doing in the classroom with a video, lesson plan or a cool image of an experiment. Blogs are also great resources, they can keep you and your students up-to-date with the latest advancements and technology! There are five sections of resources:Free Money & Materials, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.  Resources for Teachers (PDF)

Free Money & Materials

Treasures for Teachers – Science and technology resource center in San Diego for teachers.  Very affordable! http://www.treasuresforteachers.org/index.html

National Girls Collaborative Project – $1,000 Grant – Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share promising practices. http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grant/index.cfm

San Diego Foundation – $ 1,000 Grant -This program will support the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary, classroom projects that address student needs and increase teaching effectiveness. http://www.sdfoundation.org/CivicLeadership/Programs/SanDiegoTeachersFund/ApplyforaGrant.aspx

Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. DonorsChoose.org

Funding for Skype in the Classroom – Through a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org, Skype will donate $250,000 to teachers requesting technology materials to enable Skype video calling in their classrooms. Skype will give a $25 USD DonorsChoose.org Gift Card to each new teacher who registers for Skype in the classroom. The teacher can then apply the value of the gift card to any classroom project at DonorsChoose.org or one they create themselves, if an eligible U.S. public schoolteacher http://education.skype.com/

Digital Wish Grants –  http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards Submit a technology-based lesson plan for a chance to win over 50 different technology grants.

Science

http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/ You don’t have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you’re having FUN! (Personal Favorite)

www.nclark.net. This site provides biology and chemistry resources for science teachers at the middle and high school levels. These include activities, worksheets, lab exercises, puzzles, games, online test reviews, and links to other useful pages, compiled by teacher Nancy Clark over her 37-year career.

http://www.pltw.org/educators-administrators/educators-administrators-overview Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a resource for education curricular programs used in middle and high schools.

http://bit.ly/As4mce. Global Health Curriculum– This comprehensive curriculum for high school classes, available from Seattle BioMed’s BioQuest program, covers topics such as tuberculosis, vaccines, and malaria. BioQuest data shows teens are more interested in classroom science and math when they learn how these subjects connect with global health issues. Lesson plans, interactive charts, and teacher and student packets—created by Seattle BioMed scientists, Washington educators, and animation experts.

http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx NSTA – Freebies for Science Teachers

http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/resources/SPT–Home.php Howard Hughes – This is a neat interactive website for searching a topic, a grade level, or a keyword and get cool science materials.

http://amasci.com/amateur/coolinks.html This is just a list of neat science links

http://www.williamswords.co.uk/# Williams Words- Great diagrams and printable resources

Technology

http://www.onlinevideocontests.com/ – Online video contests relating to science, art, technology…etc.  Most have cash prizes that can be used for you classroom!

http://lifehacker.com/  Life Hacker is a technology blog that focuses on taking stuff apart, and how to do various things on your computer, e.g. computer

http://gizmodo.com/ Gizmodo is a very interesting technology blog. It’s one of the only (excluding this one and a few others) that I go to on a regular basis.

http://allthingsd.com/ This is a website about current technology in the news.

http://arstechnica.com/ This is another blog that focuses on technology in the news

Engineering

http://www.engineeringsights.org/  Pick your state and see current engineering projects happening right now!

http://www.engineergirl.org/CMS/2987.aspx Tell your kids some fun facts about engineering. Maybe tell them one of these each day to keep them motivated and bring out their inner engineer!

http://www.greatachievements.org/  This is a neat website that focuses on all of the cool engineering things that were created in the 20th century.

Mathematics

http://www.aaamath.com/ AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons.

http://www.ams.org/home/page ASM aims to support educators teaching math

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Resources

 

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