I LOVE kicking off an engineering challenge with literature!!
Our Frey Foundation provided the STEM lab with wind-up bath toys & informational texts to help 3rd graders better understand the field of biomedical engineering. We are learning about animals, such as Winter the dolphin and Beauty the eagle, whose bodies were damaged in various accidents. With the help of scientists, biomedical engineers, and lots of LOVE, both of these animals were able to survive & THRIVE by the use of prosthetic devices.
In keeping with our science focus of plant & animal adaptations, the students will research the movement of specific animals who spend most of their time in water. Each small team of “biomedical engineers” will be asked to treat an animal who has lost their ability to swim due to an “accident”.
Working collaboratively, the student teams will design and create a prosthetic device that allows the animal to swim again. The engineers must ensure that the animal’s natural movement is replicated by the prosthesis.
3rd Graders took a virtual field trip to a water treatment plant to experience what happens to our waste once it leaves our homes. We learned how solids and liquids are separated in tanks. We saw oxygen being pumped into the liquid so that the “good” bacteria can thrive. It really is FASCINATING to see how our waste water goes from HAZARDOUS to HEALTHY!!
Thanks to our FREY Foundation for the technology to venture beyond our classroom walls!!
Our 5th graders are learning the differences between permanent and temporary magnets. How can we use electricity to create a temporary magnet? How can we increase the strength of this magnet? Well…GO ask a 5th Grader!!!! Go..ahead!!!