Using everyday materials, like drinking straws and spaghetti, students will discover the mathematical world of two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric shapes. As a group, they will apply their newfound knowledge as they construct towers, bridges, and put their engineering designs to the test.
MAFS. (K-3). G.1 Geometry
SC. (K-3). N.1 The Practice of Science
How Slow Can You Go (Grades 3-5)
Carry out a lesson in 3D maze-making. Groups will invent unique paths and obstacles to maximize the time it takes a ball to run through a maze without stopping. Groups have several rounds to improve their contraption, improving their maze by learning from the successes of other groups. It’s a lesson in competition and sharing. Time trials after each iteration will generate data to analyze, allowing students the ability to compare their improvement as an individual group and as a class overall. How Slow Can You Go is part of the Creativity Garden – a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, generously supported by Disney.
Roller Coaster Classroom
Physics is everywhere, even in our favorite attractions! Students will do experiments to learn the laws of motion, then put those concepts to the test by designing their very own roller coasters in the classroom!
NGSS: SC.(4-6).P.12-13.1 Force & Motion
Red Rover Mars Robotics
Be a NASA engineer and explore the surface of Mars! Students will work in teams to program a robot to navigate a massive map of the Martian surface, collecting data that will one day help NASA colonize the Red Planet.
NGSS: SC.35.CS-CC.1.4-5, SS.5.G.1.2 MAFS.5.G.1.1-2