Students were given a brief introduction to Snap Circuits to introduce the basic properties of electricity and electronics. They learned how to build a simple circuit, to understand the fundamentals behind circuitry and how circuits are used in all of the technological devices we use today. They leaned about Direct Current, and how an electric switch works. Snap Circuits is an educational toy that teaches electronics with solderless snap-together electronic components. Each component has the schematic symbol and a label printed on its plastic case that is color coded for easy identification. The students worked in groups testing the kits providing insight into the types of circuits and comparing the different properties of series and parallel circuits. Students will be able to re-create circuits of various functionalities such as shining a light bulb, spinning a motor, or both. They were able to manipulate the circuits and create their own circuits using the components provided in the snap circuit kit.
Students love to send cars, balls and other items down ramps! The faster the better, but did you know that this favorite playtime activity is also an awesome science lesson for kids of all ages? We were able to explore ramps, angles, and friction during our STEAM class with just a few simple materials. This physics activity was a fun way to introduce friction, ramps, and angles to our students through hands-on play! It also allowed our students to have the freedom to think critically and creatively. They were able to test their ramp designs and be able to fail and try again in a safe environment. Through STEAM and activities like this our students are gaining real life knowledge, like the value of failure as a learning opportunity. Take a look at our experiment through our pictures and videos.
Our first graders use their five senses daily, but they may not stop to think about how their senses help them learn about the world around them. Experiments dealing with sight, hearing, taste, feeling and smell teach them to work on one specific sense. These science activities develop an understanding of how the senses work together and independently in everyday situations. They were delighted to share their finding with our Principal and assistant principals.
PS173 Science Expo (STEM) displaying our Scientific Journey in Landforms, Ecosystems and the Scientific Method
We welcomed parents and students to our first Science Expo on January 18, 2017. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) behind everyday situations and careers came alive at the PS.173 Science Expo. Event guests were able to experience our student's STEM exhibits. Also, throughout the day, Expo attendees enjoyed science through the children's work. Ms. Grube used the Science Expo to encourage our students to spread their love of science. We would like to spread our mission and love of STEM to all ages in our PS.173 community in order to continue to update our curriculum to meet the changing educational environment. Thank you to all the teachers, guests and students involved in making this amazing event happen!
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