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Highlights of the 2nd marking period
Second marking period Highlights!
STEAM class has been a blast this year!
 
Students are learning to work in teams and exploring a variety of new concepts.
 
Third grade learned about circuits.  They created a pre-designed circuit and then used copper tape to create their own circuit. Students were also learning about measuring. Each student created a banner inspired by the work of Auguste Herbine. We practiced measuring rectangles, an isosceles triangle, and a number of squares. We focused on measuring to the half inch with a couple of quarter inch measurements for extra practice.
 
 
 
Fourth grade finished working on matter and mass with some great science fun. Then students worked with some Japanese inspired circle projects called Kirigami. Students learned about concentric circles, used their knowledge of colors (warm and cool), and added some 3D effects to their projects. We have some creative 4th graders.
 
 
 
Fifth Grade worked hard on metric measurment. Ask them about King Henry if you haven't heard that song!  You can check it out further down the page under Flowcabulary.  Students also completed their physical properties work with experiements using desity. Students started learning about Wilson Bently and his amazing work with snowflakes. Students are concentrating on the hexagonal shape, 3 lines of symmetry, and 3D construction. We will complete that work during the very beginning of the marking period.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
STEAM Videos
Metric Conversions made simple!

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Rube Goldberg Extreme Example

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Things to Think About...
Thinking through Tinkering

Most students learn best through doing. Deciding what they can/should be doing is the hard part. This link is to a Scholastic article about Tinkering. There are many ideas about how to get your child started and what they might need/want to explore.

 

Please click HERE to check out the article.
 

Meet Mrs. Brown
The STEAM room is ready.... 
Quarter Expectations
Third Quarter Expectations

The third quarter will include projects/experiments for all grade levels of STEAM learners.

3rd grade students complete the last portion of their Herbine insipired banner during the third marking period. Students will then begin working on a team project where they learn about Rube Goldberg and his crazy contraptions. You can check out this crazy video below. Teams will create a marble maze using a wide variety of materials and students will select the most creative, challenging, and best overall maze when the projects are completed.

4th grade students will be working on an electrical circuit review. They are using circuit kits to review what they learned in third grade. When the review is finished they will create their own conducting and insulating dough circuits. After creating the dough they will work to make their own circuits from their dough! Finally, we hope to do some measuring review right at the end of the marking period.

5th grade students will finish their 3D snowflakes at the beginning of the 3rd marking period. Their next adventure involves graphing and some battleship fun! Students will then review their metric measurement with a winter scene using all metric measurement. These scenes are sure to be a colorful addition to our work hanging in the hallway.
STEAM WORKS!

 Check this out!!!

STEAM class got started with a quick challenge!  Using the design model below third grade constructed a tower using index cards, scissors, and 18 inches of tape! 
Fourth grade used 15 pipe cleaners to build the tallest tower possible. There were many plans and improvements going on throughout the classes!
Fifth grade classes warmed up with a challenge using 25 straws, 25 tiny popsicle sticks, and scissors to build the tallest tower possible. There were so many great ideas!  
 




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Contact Mrs. Brown

Barb Brown
STEAM
Highland Middle School Staff
Blackhawk Intermediate School Staff
Blackhawk School District: 500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 Phone: (724) 846-6600 Fax: (724) 846-2021
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