Can you construct a heart with LEGOs and adhere it to the LEGO wall? South School students in Innovation Club participated in this fun and creative Valentine’s Day challenge!
We are excited to announce the first annual West School STEAM Fair (in conjunction with the District 35 evening event We Care for our World: Designing a Better Future)! The event will take place on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00-6: 30 PM at Central School. Please click here to read the STEAM Fair information letter. If you would like to sign up, click here to fill in the STEAM fair interest form.
While this is a voluntary, extra-curricular event, we encourage all third and fourth grade students to participate in the STEAM Fair. Students may work individually or in pairs.
The 3rd grade Innovation challenge tied in with the study of Chicago. Students worked in pairs to design and build a rotating Ferris wheel around a central axis. Classes read Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Gibbs Davis. As they read, students discussed the design of the Ferris wheel with special attention to the wheel and axle.
The 4th grade Innovation challenge explored energy transfer. Students used Little Bits to create an object that transferred energy to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. Students also explored Makey Makey’s to identify conductive materials that transfer electrical energy.
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Nearly half of all food that is meant to be eaten gets thrown away in America. It takes much longer for food in a landfill to decompose than it does in nature. Rotting food, in a landfill, releases greenhouse gas called methane which is unhealthy for Earth. Students at West School became Food Rescuers by designing inventions that will help eliminate food waste in the West School Cafeteria. There were some very BIG ideas including a drone prototype and some very practical ideas like proper advertising and a fun composting game. We look forward to implementing some of these ideas in the West School Cafeteria.