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New STEAM Program Rises

 

Are these children on some kind of new diet?  Yes!  Science, Teamwork, Energizing Nutrition, Music and Art are being offered in a new after-school program called STEAM.  Read on to find out more about our experiments and discoveries with Miss McFizz.

Are these children on some kind of new diet? Yes! Science, Teamwork, Energizing Nutrition, Music and Art are being offered in a new after-school program called STEAM. Read on to find out more about our experiments and discoveries with Miss McFizz.

A diet of scientific prediction, measurement and discovery has us flocking to the Art Room after school.

A diet of scientific prediction, measurement and discovery has us flocking to the Art Room after school.

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Here's a refrigerator magnet we made to remind ourselves of the proper proportions of Fruit, Vegetable, Grain and Protein foods in a balanced meal.

Here’s a refrigerator magnet we made to remind ourselves of the proper proportions of Fruit, Vegetable, Grain and Protein foods in a balanced meal.

 

"Step Back Volcano" was about an experience in a STEAM class.  You can find it at: https://www.northwoodsmontessori.org/step-back-volcano-story-without-words/

“Step Back Volcano” was about an experience in a STEAM class.  You can find it at: https://www.northwoodsmontessori.org/step-back-volcano-story-without-words/

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In a series of experiments with magnets, a long row of bells and other metal objects were suspended in bottles of water.

In a series of experiments with magnets, a long row of bells and other metal objects were suspended in bottles of water.

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In a second experiment, the children measured how far the bar, the horseshoe, and the smaller round magnet could pull an objet anchored to a string.  At times, the object hovered in the air before it dropped.

In a second experiment, the children measured how far the bar, the horseshoe, and the smaller round magnet could pull an objet anchored to a string. At times, the object hovered in the air before it dropped.

We enjoyed learning to work with Georgia River Clay and make it into animals, coil pots, and shapes for wind chimes.  We learned many new terms and were surprised at some of the properties of clay—and glazes— that were new to us.

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We started with a big block of clay, which we were astonished to see cut be cut into pieces using dental floss!

We started with a big block of clay, which we were astonished to see could be cut into pieces using dental floss!

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We got to throw the clay on the table and pound it to get all of the air out.

We got to throw the clay on the table and pound it to get all of the air out.

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Some of it we rolled out flat and cut into shapes, like cookies, to make a wind chime later.

Some of it we rolled out flat and cut into shapes, like cookies, to make a wind chime later.

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Some we cut into strips which we rolled to make coiled pots.

Some we cut into strips which we rolled to make into coil pots.

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We had a lot of fun with another technique, in which forms were scratched and added together to form animals.

We had a lot of fun with another technique, in which forms were scratched and added together to form animals.

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After a bisque firing, we painted them with glazes. Then, after a second firing, they looked like this.

After a bisque firing, we painted them with glazes. Then, after a second firing, they looked like the animals above.

 

Recently we made candles.  First, we packed a pot with sand.  Then, we drew a design for the perimeter of the candle.

Recently we made candles. First, we packed a pot with sand. Then, we drew a design for the perimeter of the candle.

 

Next, we carved a space for the candle and buried a wick in the sand in the center of the design. Then, we poured melted wax into the cavity we had created in the sand.

Next, we carved a space for the candle and buried a wick in the sand in the center of the design. Then, we poured melted wax into the cavity we had created in the sand.

The wick could be supported and prevented from falling into the melted wax with a stick (or, in this case, a pencil.)

The wick could be supported and prevented from falling into the melted wax with a stick—or, in this case, a pencil.

Waiting for the wax to cool and firm was a challenge.

Waiting for the wax to cool and firm was a challenge.

We found we could cool them more effectively in a pan of cold water, so we did that for some of them.

We found we could cool them more effectively in a pan of cold water, so we did that for some of them.

 

The STEAM continues to rise.

When we take turns, we can draw on the chalkboard with some rainbow chalk sticks in between.

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether it’s Science, Teamwork, Eating for Energy, Art or Music we are making.  Sometimes it’s a combination of things.

It is fun to practice and explore some of the things we’ve seen and heard about in class in a little different way. Do you like to cook?  We might be making some goop, glop, or slime in the near future.  We will also be learning about how to choose ingredients for things we are going to eat—how to choose the healthiest ones.

STEAM continues to rise with more offerings in January. Information will be distributed the first week and groups will begin Monday, January 11.

Do you enjoy measuring and recording when you experiment? Maybe you’d like to join us.

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2017-11-14T22:22:38+00:00By |After-School Programs, Elementary|