Designing Erosion Solutions (PBL & STEM Project)

This video overview showcases the process our 2nd graders took to design and engineer erosion solutions for their local community. Students used the design thinking process to develop their solutions. These solutions were part of their city plan for their local community.

Relevant Videos
City Plan Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApNZNU7fmLI
City Planning Expo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSbyVY_GicI

Becca Goess: https://twitter.com/missrgoess

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

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

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

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Background Music by Kevin Macleod “Casa Bossa Nova” http://www.incompetech.com

Designing an “Apple” Device (PBL & STEM Project)

This video overview showcases a 4th grade engineering design unit. Students took on the role of Apple engineers and designers to design and build an “Apple” recording device. Students used the design thinking process to create a recording device for English language learners. ELL students would use this device to practice their speech and reading fluency.

Becca Goess: https://twitter.com/missrgoess

Related Videos:
How to use an X-acto knife: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVrjjCKwSl0
How to build the voice recording device: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUBWHGhlSoI&t=56s

Tim Cook image:
Photo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/iphonedigital/22522566994) by iphonedigital (https://www.flickr.com/photos/iphonedigital/) / CC BY 2.0

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

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

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

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidleeedtech
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Blog: https://davidleeedtech.wordpress.com

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

STEM Activity for 1st Grade: Roller Coasters

Becca Goess, our STEM specialist, led a project where our 1st graders designed and created roller coasters by using the design thinking process.

In the empathize stage, they gained an understanding of basic physics concepts such as potential energy, kinetic energy, and friction. They also played an online roller coaster game to see these concepts in action.

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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 “Pookatori and Friends”

Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/

 

 

STEM Activity for 2nd Grade: Self Identity Box

Our 2nd graders built a foldable box that contained objects that represented who they were. This project incorporated social studies, engineering, science and mathematics.

In design class, Becca Goess and I helped students build and design their foldable boxes. We first had them learn about measurements to gain an understanding of the size and dimensions of their box.

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

Becca Goess, STEM Design Specialist: https://www.instagram.com/missrgoess/
Denise Brohm, 2nd Grade Teacher: https://twitter.com/MsBrohm

 

Comparing our #Makerspace’s #design culture with #IDEO’s

Our 2nd grade students compared the design culture of IDEO with their makerspace design culture (KoLAB). We watched IDEO’s Shopping Cart video and David Lawrence’s IDEO Toy Lab video to gain an understanding of IDEO’s design culture.

https://vimeo.com/8202867

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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.

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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