Homer Fourth Graders Take to the Water for STEM Project
After spending the year learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) practices, students in Colleen Redenback’s fourth grade class recently had fun during a culminating Makerspace project.
In the “grand finale” of their STEM studies, students broke into teams to create Makerspace Watercraft Tinkercad designs, which were built with milk containers and duct tape. Each boat had to be built according to one of three winning designs, which Redenback said tested the student’s critical thinking skills.
“This is the first year I have done this project with my class, but regardless of whether their boats sink or swim, the students are questioning and thinking more,” said Redenback. “They definitely have been more engaged in the calculations required.”
After the boats were built, the class headed to the local YMCA pool to test their designs on the water, which included a combination of pride, learning and laughter.
Prior to heading to the YMCA, the class was also visited by Kim Walsh from the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, who taught the students about boat and water safety.