This week theme will be strength of materials. I'm mostly adapting themes from successful librarian programs and I'm really sad that I will be missing this STEAM lab. My trusty library assistants will be covering this lab for me while I attend a wedding. I love using Miss Amy's STEM lab lesson plans (which we've slightly adapted) and I'm even using her handout. One thing, I've learned about these STEAM labs is the chance for older children to bond with their caretaker.
Station #1: Pick a Three Little Pig book to read. After reading the book retell the story using special graphics.
Ask your child these questions when retelling the story:
- Why was the wolf able to blow down a house made of straw?
- Which house was made of the strongest material? Was the wolf able to blow that house down?
- What makes a material strong?
Station #2: Build a house/structure out of drinking straws.
Station #2: Build a house/structure out of dowels.
Station #3: Build a house/structure out of duplos.
We will be setting up stations with tape for the drinking straws and dowels. After they've finished building, they will be testing their structure’s strength. First they will try to blow it over with their breath, and then try to blow it over with a hair dryer. If it blows over, we've made a chart on a dry erase board to be marked.
Station #4: Take Home Activity
We will be using this handout .
Well, I heard all good things about this event. There was a funny tidbit that we should have used Popsicle sticks instead of cut-up dowels (they were too sturdy and did not blow over). We are debating about having a more structured STEAM class because the literacy activities are not as appealing to caregivers as the activities on the table. I will keep the unstructured theme for this session of STEAM and see what happens in planning for the next STEAM session.