What a fun time at the Innovation Challenge 2018! The students were provided with 1 m of tape; 20 straws & 20 paper clips. They had the challenge of building the tallest, most stable structure within 30 minutes. I took pictures throughout the challenge so you should see them planning, building and then their final projects. I am so proud of what they were able to do!!
The kids had a final building challenge...they needed to create a marble run in which it took their marble 3 seconds to travel and land in a paper cup. Lots of fun!
After learning about all types of bridges, the Grade 3's had the building challenge to build a beam bridge out of straws and test the load. They then changed that bridge into a suspension bridge and retested the load. They were amazed with how much weight their suspension alteration could hold.
After learning about the Eiffel Tower in Paris and how Gustave Eiffel had to consider wind hitting the tower, the Grade 3's had the building challenge to create a tower made out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Their tower must stand at least 30 cm tall and also withstand a wind source (our class fan). They took what they knew about bases and triangles and away they went. Lots of fun designing this...
The Grade 3's had a challenge to build a cantilever (a beam supported on only one end...think of a diving board). They were given 20 popsicle sticks and 100 cm of masking tape. They could not have the arm of the cantilever touch their desk AND it had to measure 35 cm from their desk. I also only allowed them 30 minutes to build it. Lots of creativity with their bases and what to do but they were a...
The Grade 3's spent a week designing and building their clothespin truss bridges. They worked hard to use triangles in their truss designs. We tested them to see the amount of weight that they would hold. We had 3 groups bridges hold 29 dictionary without breaking!!! Lots of excitement.
After learning about the strength of triangle in building, the students had the challenge of designing and creating a popsicle truss. We are looking forward to testing their strength.
We had fun celebrating Quebec Winter Carnaval.
While studying the festivals and celebrations in India, the kids made Diwali Lanterns. This holiday is India's Festival of Light.
We have started our building & testing unit. The kids are having fun testing. Here we are, very surprised, at have strong pillars can be.
We are getting into the Olympic spirit by making Olympic torches with the kindergarten class. We will use them in our Olympic torch run on Wednesday February 7. Go Team Canada!
The Grade 3's had a challenge. They were given a bell and a variety of items to create a soundproof box. Their test was could I hear the bell inside the box? Lots of fun and they were up for the challenge.
While learning about the regions of Peru, the kids made a topographical map showing the coastline, rain forest and the mountains. We also made paper dolls displaying the traditional dress of the people of Peru. Lots of fun!!
SOCKTOBER was a great success. The kids gathered up 634 pairs of socks to be donated to needy kids around the world.
While learning about sedimentary rocks and sandstone, the kids experimented and tried to make their own.
While learning about igneous rocks (or rocks of fire), the kids made their own volcanoes out of salt clay. After painting them, we made our own lava and let our volcanoes erupt with igneous rock. Lots of fun!
The Grade 3's have been busy acting like Geologists and studying the physical properties of minerals. Here you will see them conducting the scratch test to determine the colour of minerals. They are smelling minerals and seeing if their colours change when the mineral is wet. They are recording all their data. Lots of fun!
Kids had fun experimenting with a variety of soils while learning about rocks and minerals and the Earth's crust.