I confess. This is a teaser blog post. My STEM Club kids are working hard to publish their website, but I wanted to share their field trip first.
All year, I have set a firm focus on the rural and water system project. I knew that I wanted my STEM Club kiddos to produce a website and a 3D model of the pipeline as the performance tasks. I backwards designed the entire STEM Club curriculum from those endpoints.
What did the students learn?
- simple machines (such as pulleys)
- renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy
- water cycle
- electricity circuits
- create a website (weebly)
- scan QR codes
- Internet research
- historical structures
- built structures
- built pipeline
- kept balance sheet for their "company" with cost of materials and accounts receivable
- computed cost of materials
- measured pipeline
- bodies of water
- reading topographical maps
A little background:
She came and answered their questions and taught them how to test water samples. They used a pH scale and tested various samples of water, coffee, soda, milk, and vinegar.
As they researched other dams, they generated more questions regarding the wildlife and cultural treasures. They asked if we could go to the proposed dam site and speak with other specialists. And so we did.
My STEM Club students are currently putting the finishing touches on their website. Look for their official launch, coming soon.