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AES STEAM Walk 2018

Aliquippa Elementary School STEAM Walk 2018

May 11, 2018

8:30-12:00

 

The AES STEAM Walk began with 32 students from grades 4, 5, & 6 signing in and receiving AES STEAM Walk cinch sacks to carry their many gifts and projects they created throughout the day.  

The stations for the 2018 STEAM Walk included:

 

Soda Straw Rockets & Helicopters Ms. Clendennen, Polymer Putty Science with Covestro,  Carnegie Science Center Fruitvale-Modern Day Pollution, Power-Up Nutritionists’ Smoothie (see recipe below), Circuit Boards with Mr. Signorelli, Carnegie Science Center Engineering Project, and Spacewalking-Carnegie Science Center.

During the closing, Ms. Sheppard addressed the students and gave out gifts to the volunteers who led the stations.  A big ‘thank you’ went out to Highmark and Beaver County Educational Trust for making this event possible.  The Grand Prize was two passes to the Carnegie Science Center that was won by Phillip Byrd.  A fun time was had by all who were involved.  The students were engaged, focused, and given a chance to see the importance of STEAM.

 

Power Up Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup frozen or fresh fruit (if fresh add ice)                             1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt

½ cup orange juice                                                           ½ cup fresh spinach

Combine all ingredients together in blender and blend until there is a smooth consistency.

Lori, this is the full report below in case there is anything you want to add….feel free to take out the recipe too. ;)

 

 

 

 

 

Aliquippa Elementary School STEAM Walk 2018

May 11, 2018

8:30-12:00

 

The AES STEAM Walk began with 32 students from grades 4, 5, & 6 signing in and receiving AES STEAM Walk cinch sacks to carry their many gifts and projects they created throughout the day.  

Soda Straw Rockets & Helicopters Ms. Clendennen

Ms. Clendennen started her presentation with a Brain-Pop video Why Things Fly which discussed force and air lift.  The students were then guided through creating rockets and helicopters using paper templates.  While dropping their helicopters from the platform in the library one 6th grader Cristiano exclaimed “It’s like helicopters that fall from the trees!” Way to make real-life connections with STEAM Cristiano! 

Covestro

Ben began the discussion with telling the students that Covestro is a company that creates polymers, such as plastic, foam, and rubber.  He then told the students Covestro creates polymers to make items such as Alka-Seltzer tablets, Nerf footballs, and strong plastics to better protect our cell phones and tablets.  

Experiment Putty:

Ben discussed the three states of matter with the students and informed them they would be working with liquids that would become a solid.  Using glue and borax solution, Ben told the students they would be witnessing a chemical reaction due to the borax containing a ‘cross-linking’ polymer which grabs on to other polymers and then becomes a thicker substance. 

The students truly enjoyed both experiments and appreciated the experience of hands-on science.

Carnegie Science Center Fruitvale-Modern Day Pollution

Students were lead through a discussion on modern day water pollution.  The presenter informed the students that all of the water they are drinking is contaminated in some way with things like pesticides.  He then read the students a story about “Fruitvale”, an imaginary town that has endured the effects of contaminated water.  Using a map, the students made predictions of where the town’s most contaminated water was located.  Then they tested the ‘wells’ with a Universal Indicator solution.  Depending on the color their water turned, the students were able to determine if the water was safe or shouldn’t be used. 

Power-Up

The trio of nutritionists walked the students through the making of a healthy smoothie recipe. Students were able to sample the tasty treat while the nutritionists went over how to measure effectively and went over the abbreviations for standard measurements.  The students were given color changing straws as a take-away. 

When asked about the smoothie, 6th grader Carla said “It tastes fruity with the strawberries and bananas, but you cannot taste the spinach at all!”

Power Up Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup frozen or fresh fruit (if fresh add ice)                             1 cup low fat vanilla yogurt

½ cup orange juice                                                           ½ cup fresh spinach

Combine all ingredients together in blender and blend until there is a smooth consistency.

Circuit Boards with Mr. Signorelli

Using a laptop, a circuit board, paper, paper clips, and metal clamps the students had to ground the circuits to create their own keypad to control a Pac-Man game.  Students had to continue to adjust the clips and paper as it moved while they were operating the keypad.  They also used the student made keypad to operate a computerized piano and bongos. 4th grader Yarlee said “I liked using the circuit system Makey-Makey.com to play the piano”.

 

Carnegie Science Center Engineering

Project 1:

The students were instructed to build a tower out of pipe cleaners, 12 to 18 inches tall and they had a 15 minute time limit.  The presenter also made ‘cut-backs’ throughout the activity and materials were taken.  After the allotted time, the presenter checked each structure with a ruler and all three groups were successful and met the requirements!  Yay 6th grade!

Project 2:

Students were given 3 popsicle sticks, a rubber band, a spoon, and masking tape to make a catapult that has the potential energy to launch a cotton ball with only the materials provided.  The groups were also given more materials during activity to try to increase the potential energy.  This project proved to be a bit more challenging for the students, but they were truly engaged.

Spacewalking-Carnegie Science Center

The students were engaged in six centers to experience life as an astronaut while in space. 

Station 1: Managing Mirror Images

The students hung an instruction sheet around their neck and let their partner try to read it while angling a mirror.  As an astronaut there are times when you need a mirror on your suit because some of the displays would be out of your vision range.

Station 2: Mission Building Gloves

Using long handled tong, the students were to place small rings in a clear plastic tube while wearing a large pair of gloves.  Astronauts have to learn to work efficiently in gloves without dropping anything to complete tasks.

Station 3: Nonverbal Construction Challenge

One partner took blocks while the other takes the picture.  Without using any words or showing the picture, the partners were to take turns instructing each other on how to duplicate the model using the blocks.

Station 4: Nonvisual Communication and Construction

Partner one was to construct a model with Legos while partner two instructed them verbally, without the use of any hand motions.

Station 5: Maneuvering Wearing Microgravity Masks

Putting on two eye masks, the students had to figure out their partner’s location and toss the ball to them.  Astronauts need to adjust to disorientation caused by the movement of the fluid in your inner ear. Microgravity takes away your sense of up and down.

Station 6: Mounting Hoses in Microgravity

While partner one was standing on a spinner, partner two held the sprinkler steady above the other’s head, and partner one had to try to screw the hose into the sprinkler.  As an astronaut you would have practiced this maneuver underwater until you were able to perform it with ease without getting dizzy or spinning your body around.

 

Closing Ceremony

Ms. Sheppard addressed the students and gave out gifts to the volunteers who led the stations.  A big ‘thank you’ went out to Highmark and Beaver County Educational Trust for making this event possible.  The Grand Prize was two passes to the Carnegie Science Center that was won by Phillip Byrd.  A fun time was had by all who were involved.  The students were engaged, focused, and given a chance to see the importance of STEAM.

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