Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tall Towers STEM Challenge!

Today we had our first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Challenge.  The challenge was to use 50 pieces of Lego to building the tallest standing tower possible.

Our first challenge was counting out 50 pieces of Lego. For some students this was very challenging while others caught on quickly and started grouping piles of 10.

Most children were in a big hurry to get their pieces counted and start building. It was interesting to observe the different children's priorities in choosing their pieces.

After they had confirmed they had exactly 50 pieces, they drew a plan and started building.

The tallest tower ended up being 47 cm high. This particular student had built a similar tower that was 35 cm tall but knew that with some adjustments, he could make it even better.

I was so proud of how students took chances, repaired fallen towers, made adjustments to their designs, and demonstrated perseverance in a challenging task. They even started this spontaneous cheer in the middle of building.

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