We also made STEM tubs. STEM tubs?! What's that? I'm so glad you asked.
A STEM tub is a tub of any size (we used shoe boxes) filled with spare parts. Students will use the random parts to engineer something.
For our STEM tubs, we filled them with:
- homemade play-dough
- dried pasta
- shredded paper
- googly eyes
|STEM tubs laid out, ready to go|
The students also had access to the following materials:
- glue sticks
- tissue paper
- their STEM journal
- iPads to document the process
- their rubric
- construction paper
Step 1: Rubric
Step 2: Review
Step 3: Measure
Step 4: Get Creative!
Some students decided to stick with the basic materials and create their own life cycles. Construction paper became exoskeletons. Shredded paper became jointed legs. Homemade play-dough became eggs and heads and you name it!
I am not a fan of multiple choice assessments, but they have their uses. One is quick data, especially pre and post data. A few months ago, I gave a pre-test to this class of 3rd graders. After the STEM tubs, I gave them a post-test. I am pleased to announce that they increased from 45.8% to 79.8%!