Mathematics Lessons: Preschool – 5th grade
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) lessons are adaptable to various developmental levels of students. Grades noted next to descriptions are mere recommendations.
Students will learn about wind energy and construct a working anemometer, then collect and record data.
Architect! (Inspired by the children’s book by Angela Beatty, Iggy Peck Architect)
Students will implement the engineering design process and complete a design challenge inspired by Iggy Peck.
Build an Earthquake Proof Home
Students will discover how the earth relieves stress through volcanoes and earthquakes. They’ll put their engineering and architectural skills to the test by building an earthquake proof home.
Students will learn about different types of energy and their uses through hands-on activities.
Engineer! (Inspired by the children’s book by Angela Beatty, Rosie Revere, Engineer!)
Students examine the components of a paper helicopter and then design and construct their own working paper helicopter.
Student teams will be challenged to navigate a table tennis ball through a timed obstacle course using only the provided unconventional “tools.” Teams act as engineers by working through the steps of the engineering design process to complete the overall task, with each group member responsible to accomplish one of the obstacle course challenges.
Students will create a “web” to identify and demonstrate the interactions among the living and non-living parts of an environment.
Inquiry and Engineering Gliders
Student teams will implement the engineering design process and design, build and test small-sized gliders to maximize flight distance.
Students will construct a marshmallow catapult and experiment with trajectory.
Mission: Clean Water
Students will examine pH and make a working water filter that cleans dirty water.
Students will mix and measure to create their own play-doh to compare and contrast to store bought play-doh.
Students will design and construct a working vehicle that moves by wind power.
Shadow Patterns and Sundials
Students will build sundials and collect data based on their observations.
Students construct a working solar oven and learn about solar energy.
Space and Magnetism
Students will learn about earth’s magnetosphere and the impact it has on earth.
Students will explore air pressure, Newton’s laws of motion, mass, gravity by constructing working stomp rockets.
The Last Straw
Students will explore components of the night sky, our solar system and our universe. They will conduct a series of activities including aerospace dynamics.
Three Little Engineers
Students will construct homes and towers with magic noodles that can withstand the power of wind from a fan.
Students will measure wind speed and construct a building that can withstand strong winds.
Waves of Sound
Students will discover that sound is a form of energy that moves in waves and experiment with “seeing” and hearing sound waves.
Who Stole the Cookie? (Forensic Science Lab)
Students will use their observation skills, logical thinking skills and process of elimination to determine who committed the crime.