The Woodstock Elementary School STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Lab and Makerspace is an exploratory learning space that strives to infuse the STEM disciplines into the broader curriculum. We have established a science, engineering and design learning lab in its own dedicated space, preparing our students today with the critical thinking, designing, engineering and problem solving skills they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow!
As part of their regular science studies, Fourth Grade is studying energy and electricity. In STEM, they deepened their classroom learning by making a simple circuit with conductive copper tape and LED lights.
Many thanks to Fidelity Investments! As part of a Team Building retreat at the Woodstock Inn, they donated 60 solar car kits to the STEM Lab. In addition, a generous Fidelity employee, Chandler Willett, of East Providence, RI - after learning about the STEM Lab initiative at our school, donated $1000 towards the purchase of additional 3D printers. Thank you Fidelity and Mr. Willett for your generosity and support!
The goal of this experiment was to balance the forces of air through a straw to keep the ping pong ball in the center - or on the blue line. It is a difficult task to achieve. They collected data on which type of air flow worked best, and wrote a claim supported by that data.