The Woodstock Elementary School STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Innovation 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!
Special thanks to the Ottauquechee Natural Resource Conservation District for the loan of their river table for several weeks at the end of school. Every grade (1st - 6th) was able to do hands-on learning about erosion, the natural flow of water, and how to mitigate flood damage.
Students constructed water bottle rockets out of old two liter bottles - cardboard for fins, and duct tape. We studied what it takes to balance our rockets and make the aerodynamic. After several days of construction, we were finally able to launch!
Woodstock Elementary School received a small equipment grant from the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE) to purchase 5 Vernier digital temperature probes. The 6th grade was able to use them to design, construct and test heat concentrating devices. This is a short video about the project.