@steamexplorers

@steamexplorers

STEAM coordinator and teacher in Vancouver 🇨🇦. Integrating science, tech, engineering, art and math through PBL, design thinking and making!

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(To frozen song) ⛄️ 🎶 Do you want to melt a snowman? watch it go from solid to a gas. Cuz we are learning about changing states of matter; we will see how long it lasts! ☃️🎶

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Spending some time in the next two week to work with teachers to plan for the upcoming term. What strategies do you use to go plan? How do you create collaborative unit plans?

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Another fun kinetic circle artwork made by a grade 5 student! To make these artworks we used - cardboard circles (we got them pre cut from urban source) - wooden spools🧵 -bbq skewers -small cardstock circles we made with puncher from @michaelsstores -paper or cardstock to cover the cardboard circles -pony beads - foam core for the backdrop - waxed thread 🧵 The biggest advice we have is to think about what will move and what will stay in place. We found that the spools and cardboard need to be attached, moving around the bbq skewer that is attached to the backing. Working on a post that will be up soon on STEAM EXPLORERS! Let me know what information you would like to know!

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Today was a very exciting day in our grade 4 classroom, students got their 3D printed desk organizers! Students had fun removing the supports, watching videos of the printing process, looking at a graph of how long their print took,and “styling” them with pencils and pens! We then asked students to do a seesaw reflection to share their thoughts on the process. Finally some students asked for magnets to be added so they can hook their organizer to the side of their desk!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Laser cut cross stitch ornaments! Thanks to @lifeinpouches teacher maker event! We designed them in google draw, cut them with our laser cutter and are add in cross stitch embroidery! Next @lifeinpouches is going to try this project out with our grade 2 students! Stay tuned for more posts on how it goes!!!

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Another amazing cable hand, made by grade 6 students as part of their biomimicry unit! The cable system is so easy to make and it a great way to add moving parts to your creation, all you need is cardboard, string, straws and hot glue or duct tape!

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Grade 5 moving circle art!!! These artworks were inspired by Blink Art’s Art-O-Motion! It took a lot of tinkering and some trial and error but everyone has made their moving circles! This project combines art with their science unit on simple machines and friction!

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These prototypes were made by grade 6 students as part of the biomimicry ADST unit. Students learned about biomimicry and real word examples. Then they worked with a partner to identify a problem they want to solve and an adaptation in nature that they can take inspiration from. Students came up with grippier mountain bike wheels, stickier monkey bars, or better squash balls!

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CD weaving collaborative art mural is well under way! Love all the different colours and textures!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Can’t believe I haven’t shared my Grade 2 scientists cover pages yet this year! At the start of every year I ask my students to draw themselves as scientists. This helps me learn about their specific interests and what they know about science! This pictures also become the covers for their science folders!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Grade 4 3D printed pencil holders are well under way! These pencil holders were designed on @tinkercad and align with the grade 4 measurement math curriculum! Love that the students have made something that they can actually use in their classroom!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Tinkercad 3D printing checklist. How do you help students get their designs ready for printing? I can’t count the amount of times I have had students’ prints turn out with too thick walls, unattached pieces and parts below the workplane! Thinking about ways to support students so there are no wasted prints! @tinkercad

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As part of our grade 5 kinetic art unit, students have been making moving circle artworks with pulleys, cardboard, string and dowels! We got this Art’O Motion artwork idea from Blick art material tutorials, we have modified it a bit and are so excited about how it’s going! Stay tuned for more pictures of the final artworks!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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🐛🐜Our mealworms have transformed into Darken Beetles! To learn more about them, we watched videos and read books about insects. We learned that all insects have three body parts, and exoskeleton and 6 legs. We created these artworks to show our thinking! 🐜🐛

Vancouver, British Columbia

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So excited about our newest collaborative art in the works- CD weaving! Each student is making their own weaving with recycled cds and scrap yarn! Then the weaving a with be hung together to make a large scale artwork! Stay tuned for more pics to come!

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These dogs are too cute! They were created by a grade 1 student to help her friend feel calm at school.

Vancouver, British Columbia

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❤️💜💚Loving my new STEAM mask and cart banner from @lifeinpouches 🔨🔧🖌🖍🔍❤️💜💚

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Paper techniques poster complete!Going mobile has pushed me to start thinking about using simple materials like paper in new ways. Excited to see what paper engineering projects my students come up with!

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Kindergarten Collaborative artwork with clay hands, beads and sticks! This artwork was created a few years ago with our SKs, each student created a clay hand. Once fired, we hung them from a branch with beads. Looking forward to making more collaborative art this year.

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Grade one students have been working on their Design For A Friend Project. Students interviewed their partner to learn about things they find tricky at school and what makes them feel calm. Students said the monkey bars, remembering the school code, finding a friend a recess or paying attention.Then they brainstormed ways to solve one problem for their friend and created it for them! Can’t wait for students to present their wonderful creations next week!

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Kindergarten sculptures with wood, wire and beads! Students created fairy playgrounds, gardens, ski hills and more! Today we asked them how they could add moving parts to their creations?

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Another fun mealworm moment, we made mazes! Can you make a maze and see if your mealworm can get through it? 🐛 We used popsicle sticks and tooth picks and had bran as the bait. Students used timers to record how long it took for their mealworm to get through the maze!

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Ok grade 2 teachers everywhere, mealworms are the most amazing lifecycle unit ever! With Covid, I had to think about a way to teach life cycles while limiting sharing materials and students getting close together- the answer... mealworms: you can by 50 mealworms at petsmart for $1.50. So each student gets there own pet mealworm. We have done mealworm observations, creating mealworm habitats, mealworm labels diagrams, mealworm math and mealworm experiments. Here the students are testing what is a mealworm’s favourite colour? Soon the students will observe the mealworms go through metamorphosis to become a beetle. It’s just too much fun!!!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Grade 4 cardboard Jungle on display! 🦒🐎🦔🐦Students were encouraged to show texture with cardboard! Some created moving parts with fasteners too!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Grade 5 cascading mobiles. These mobile were created as the first kinetic artworks. Inspired by Alexander Calder!

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Make it balance! These balanced sculptures were part of our grade 5 kinetic art unit. I also did them during online learning last spring! Students were challenged to balance a cork on top of a bottle. They could use toothpicks, skewers, and play-dough to hep it balance. After some trial and error, I showedstudents a video I made about lowering the centre of gravity (see blog post) and then challenged them to make their own balanced sculptures!

Vancouver, British Columbia

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A Cardboard Jungle is being created by our grade 4 makers! 🦒🐘🦒🦍🦏🦓🐆The challenge is to create texture only using cardboard! Can’t wait to show our final display!