Friday, May 12, 2017

Second Grade Experiments with Tiny Building Blocks

As part of our properties of matter studies, second grade counts out 100 units and begins to build with tiny building blocks. Their shapes and structures were different, but the amount of "matter" was the same - before and after. This is a foundation lesson that we will refer back to when we explore the idea of conservation of matter.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kindergarten Studies Collisions in STEM

As part of their science standards, kindergarten students made their own tests to determine what would happen when a ball collides against another ball, or against a wall.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Woodstock Bridge Building Team Took Second Place at the Vermont Technical College Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

Talking to the judges

getting our suspension bridge weighed

our two bridges - suspension and solid truss designs


Second Place!

Our suspension bridge took a 256 lb load, and our solid truss took 159 lbs.  We were surprised by the results. We predicted the opposite.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Engineering Club Learns to Create and Construct for the School Community


our newest design, the rocking stool
students made racks and shelve systems
we use these stools for students to sit on during instruction time.
stool kit.


Friday, April 7, 2017

First Grade Makes Wooden Boats

First graders learned to design and construct boats using wood pieces of a variety of shapes and sizes to create boats with glued on components.


Mentor Teaching a Fourth Grade Student to Carve

Thanks to Sherman Kent for sharing his time and his skills!

Second Graders Make Wooden Cars (Materials Study)

In this project, Second Graders learn to drill, saw, hammer, and sand. This project does not use nails, but instead uses glued "rub joints" to add the seats and other elements to the chassis.