Forest Kindergarten: Building A-Frame Shelters

In Forest Kindergarten, the classroom is the forest, and students get immersed in nature, developing a deeper connection to the natural world through exploration, inquiry-based learning, and authentic play. This form of education allows students to connect with the natural world, especially in a time when students rarely get to experience the outdoors, while learning about natural science, engineering design, and social science skills and concepts.

In my design class, Becca Goess and I wanted to see if students would be able to create a shelter in the forest. Since the students were going to be introduced to the unit a few weeks later, we decided to practice building A-Frame shelters in our class. First with popsicle sticks, and then with wooden rods. Students learned how to use rope and zip ties to connect rods together.

We then took the class to the forest to start exploring and building our A-Frame shelter!

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Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Ryan Little “Voice on Your Shoulder”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Instrumental by Chuki – “Nomad”: http://www.youtube.com/user/CHUKImusic

Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/
Paul Duffy, Kindergarten Teacher: https://twitter.com/pmduffy2

STEM Activity for 1st Grade: Nature-Inspired Design

Hello everyone! Our STEM team and the 1st grade team collaborated on a transdisciplinary project that integrated science, engineering, writing, technology, and social studies.

In this project-based learning unit we provided the students the following driving question: How will you create a tool that is useful in a family activity?

Students used the design thinking process to design and engineer their family activity tool.

Want to see more of what we do in our STEM/EdTech class?
• Photos: http://instagrm.com/davidleeedtech
• Videos: https://www.youtube.com/davidleeedtechorg
• Website: http://www.davidleeedtech.org
• Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidleeedtech
• Blog: https://davidleeedtech.wordpress.com

Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Ryan Little “Slow Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle

Elizabeth DiRenzo, STEM Science Specialist: https://twitter.com/iTeachSTEAM
Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/
Megan Godek, Techology Specialist: https://twitter.com/MEGodek

Designing a Breakout EDU Game

Last fall, our 5th grade students designed a Breakout EDU game, a game that consists of keys, boxes, and/or mystery items. The goal of the game is for the players to solve a series of challenges, riddles, and mysteries to “break out” of the room before time’s up.

How to build a Breakout EDU box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmlY_aGqe5E

Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Kevin Macleod “Lobby Time”

Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/
Erin Curtiss, 5th Grade Teacher: https://twitter.com/curtiss_erin

STEM Greenhouse Challenge: PBL and Design Thinking

Entry Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpDjuUdY_Co

Intro to Project-Based Learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08D0dBGIzYQ
Essential Elements of PBL: http://bie.org/about/what_pbl

Elementary Expo: https://youtu.be/BWxIfE4ljhY

STEM Education Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCijW7ikeYQ

Design Thinking in Elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqST2ggvA0

Applied Learning Program: http://www.davidleeedtech.org/#!applied-learning-program/cf4z

You can find me at:
Website: http://www.davidleeedtech.org
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Blog: https://davidleeedtech.wordpress.com

Intro Music by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Kevin Macleod “Your Call”
http://www.incompetech.com

STEM Activities with Kindergarten (NGSS Forces & Interactions: Pushes & Pulls)

NGSS K.Forces and Interactions: Pushes and Pulls
http://www.nextgenscience.org/topic-arrangement/kforces-and-interactions-pushes-and-pulls

Next Generation Science Standards: https://www.nextgenscience.org

STEM Pulley Challenge Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5eYyCdbUzE

STEM Education Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCijW7ikeYQ

Applied Learning Program: http://www.davidleeedtech.org/#!applied-learning-program/cf4z

Design Thinking in Elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqST2ggvA0

You can find me at:
Website: http://www.davidleeedtech.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidleeedtech
Instagram: http://instagram.com/davidleeedtech
Blog: https://davidleeedtech.wordpress.com

Intro Music 1 by Kevin Macleod “Pamgaea”
http://www.incompetech.com
Intro Music 2 by Ryan Little “Falling Down”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle
Background Music by Ryan Little “Finally Home”: https://soundcloud.com/iamryanlittle