Hands-on experiments with gravity, magnets, friction, participating students building and experimenting with air rockets will all be the activities of the day as Lighthouse Elementary School (in School District of Palm Beach County) supports STEM education by hosting Engineering Day on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 9:45-11:45 a.m. According to Lighthouse Elementary, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM) is important in developing students’ abilities to solve real world problems, while being engaged in meaningful hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences. STEM education will enable students to become innovators, answer complex questions, and become Global problem solvers.
Second grade students in Mrs. Childress’, Mrs. Waide’s, and Mrs. Havener’s class will be creating the hands-on activities and will explain the science behind the activities to participating students. When asked about the event, students were excited to be the teachers and to explain what they have been learning to the other students in the school. Prior to the school-wide Engineering Day activities, second grade students in the three classes will have a catapult competition to test catapults designed and built by student groups.
What is Catapult Design: As a noun it may be a military machine for hurling missiles, such as large stones or spears, used in ancient and medieval times; a mechanism for launching aircraft at a speed sufficient for flight, as from the deck of a carrier; or a slingshot. As a verb it is to hurl or launch from or as if from a catapult to become catapulted; or spring or bolt (Click here to read about Catapult Designs for Kids).
Although the activities may look like they’re all fun and games, they provide these elementary students with the foundations for developing skills that will be critically important in their STEM education development over time.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Feb. 2014