We are creating light up stuffies! We have the choice to pick a pattern or create our own design. Then we learned about circuits so we would know how to sew our batteries and LED lights in correctly with metallic thread (an electrical conductor). We are also going to use electric sewing machines to put our front and backs together. This project will take us a long time to complete. But, it is a lot of fun and we are learning a lot!
Sasamon, a Kennesaw Mountain High School Magnet Program student and former Big Shanty student, came and taught us about cryptography. We created cryptograph wheels so we could create and decipher our own codes. Then she introduced us to the computer program that teaches about cryptograph in a fun game format. Thank you, Sasamon! And, good luck in high school!
We learned how to use TinkerCad to design and create key chains using the 3D printer. We had to be able to visual our object from all angles. It was trickier than it looked!
Mrs. Schager didn't have the materials for our next project. So, what did we do? Improvise of course. That's what STEAM is all about. So, we took a vote and all agreed we wanted to do origami. So, for inspiration, Mrs. Schager shared the book, "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" by Tom Angelberger. At the back of the book are step-by-step directions on how to fold an origami yoda. We didn't have the right sized paper. You are supposed to use squares. So again, we improvised. We found directions that used 8.5" x 11" (standard page size) directions online. It was a quick and fun project! We all really enjoyed it!
Our first project was to design a reading incentive button for students. We used MS-Publisher to design the buttons and an old fashioned button maker to press the buttons. The hardest part was to the design process was making sure our dimensions were correct. We needed to have 3.25" circles -- sometimes we had resize them. We used copyright compliant images too. Pressing the buttons was very tricky...if you didn't apply even press the paper with the image and the plastic top coating slipped. And, it was re-print and re-press! Whew....Mrs. Schager finally had to take them home to have Mr. Schager do it! But, in the end they came out great!
STEAM Maker Club
Is open to all fourth and fifth grade students and meets on Friday mornings before school. Mrs. Schager, Library Media Specialist, and Mrs. Hill, STEM Rotation Teacher collaboratively facilitate this club. Our goal is to use STEM design as we do fun crafty projects.