Thursday, May 26, 2016

All School Speed of Sound Demonstration

This is a school wide experiment (K-6th grade) that Woodstock Elementary School did to demonstrate the speed of sound. We gathered on our village green with flags to mark the moment when we heard the whistle.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Engineering Club 2015-2016

Cody TanCreti and I presented at the Vermont Science Teachers' Conference on 5/13/2016 in Colchester VT.  Our presentation was about an Engineering Club that we ran in the STEM program here at WES.  Here is a movie about that club.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

First Grade Studies "How Does a Cactus' Roots Compare to an Oak Tree's Roots?"

In this model, students used small horizontal "roots" made out of thin strips of sponge to capture "rainfall" - just like a cactus does.

  They squeezed them out and measured how much water they were able to get, as a group, in two minutes of "rain."

70 ml for our cactus

The oak tree roots were larger pieces of sponge, were able to access the water directly from groundwater,  and could be vertical to do so.  After 2 minutes, the whole group collected the amount of "oak tree" root water.

4300 ml for the oak.

Quite a difference!

While not a perfect model, it illustrates how different plants adapt to their different environments.

We ended by drawing the root systems, taking notes, and recording our experimental data!

Kindergarten Builds a LEGO Treehouse

The basic framework is a couple of different platforms separated by logs, that they can access from different levels.  The idea is that they will work together to create one large "treehouse"

The different levels allows them to work together without it being too crowded.

This will be a multi-week building project!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Fourth Grade Built and Raced Solar Cars!

 Fidelity Investments and Impact4Good donated several solar car kits for our fourth grade to use as part of their renewable energy unit.  

They worked in teams of two to complete the car of their own design.

Ready to test in a mini-race - with flashlights.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sixth Grade Creates Scribble-Bots

As part of the Montshire Museum's 40 Schools Tinkering Challenge, the Woodstock Elementary School STEM Lab got a tinkering "kit" with enough supplies for the whole sixth grade to create scribble bots.