Last week, fourth graders in all five classes began STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) center rotations for about an hour and fifteen minutes at a time each week. Ms. Moore and the fourth grade teachers designed five centers and uploaded instructions, videos, expectations, and helpful hints into Showbie so students could refer back to this information as they engaged in the challenge at each center. Students stayed in a single center for the entire time, completed the challenge, and then worked to upload their products into Showbie. The five centers included programming robots to play a xylophone, push an object, or pull an object; designing a 2-D map and then building with 3-D objects (Magnatiles and Keva planks); designing a structure with a base area of 16 square feet (using straws and connectors); building specific circuit challenges using Little Bits; and designing a marble run that takes full advantage of potential energy and kinetic energy to run as long as possible (using Quericett Marble Run). This week, students will complete their second center rotation, and continue after the holidays.
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Holly Moore, Educational Technologist, shares student learning here, in our Cardinal Community Blog.