Ambridge Area School District

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STEAM

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Highland hosted a Family STEAM night on February 22.  Students and their families participated in an evening of fun, hands-on activities and challenges.   The evening included cookies provided by Highland’s PTO and door prizes. 

 

There were nine interactive stations: 

Station #1 – Little Bits  Little Bits are a platform of electronic building blocks.  The bits snap together with magnets.  Families invented something using Little Bits. 

Station #2 - Legos and Blocks  Families were challenged to build a replica of the Washington Monument. 

Station # 3 – Art Bot Using a cup, marker, toothbrush, and tape, families worked to invent an Art Bot that created art autonomously. 

Station #4 – Gears, Gears, Gears Families engaged critical thinking skills as they engineered with colorful gears.

Station #5 – Bee Bot Families programed our Bee Bots to follow commands. 

Station #6 – Famous Failures – Families read through examples of famous people who turned failure into success. 

Station #7 – Puzzlets This award winning tech-ed platform combines hands on play with interactive gaming.  Station #8 – Squishy Circuits Families built circuit together and explored electricity.

Station #9 – Used Book Sale Thank you to the Interact clubs at the Jr. High and High School for collecting used books for the sale. 

 

The evening was made possible through a grant from Highmark, Shell, and the Beaver County Educational Trust.

 

Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Hoover, the Highland PTO, and the volunteers for the evening - Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Fedora, Caylin Fedora, Mrs. Kuhel, Ms. J. Kuhel, Mrs. Bupp, Mrs. Bell, Savannah Bell, Talan Bell, Sami Freed, Riley Sas, and Mr. and Mrs. Webb.  Thank you also to Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. McCoy, Goldie and Jane. 

 

6th grade:  Students are researching earthquakes.  They are designing an earthquake-proof structure.  Students will work in teams and assume the role of architect, treasurer, or project manager.

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5th Grade:  Students are researching Native Americans and they are engineering models of Native American dwellings. 

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These girls are constructing a Native American dwelling called a Chickee.

4th Grade: Students are learning about Forces and Motion through the Hotwheels Speedometry curriculum.  

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These fourth grade boys are using Hot Wheels cars and tracks to learn about potential and kinetic energy.

3rd Grade:  Students are learning about circuitry using Little Bits.  Little Bits are electronic building blocks.     

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These third grade boys collaborate as they work with Little Bits.

2nd Grade:  Students are creating pet rocks and designing playground equipment that can hold their pet rocks.  Students will work as a team to design and create a twisty slide, jungle gym, and other playground equipment.

1st Grade:  Students are designing and building houses for the 3 Little Pigs.  The structures should be strong enough to withstand a puff of air from Big Bad Wolf (a blowdryer)!

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These first grade girls constructed a house out of bricks to keep their pigs safe from the Big Bad Wolf.

Kindergarten:  Students will be completing nursery rhyme STEAM challenges!  We have completed challenges from Humpty Dumpty and Hey Diddle, Diddle.

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These kindergarten students created an egg protector for their Humpty Dumpty egg drop.

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In STEAM, students in 3rd Grade have been using Little Bits, electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets, to learn about creating circuits! The power source blocks, input blocks and output blocks are all color coded, and they have been learning about how the input affects the output by tying in the Reading skill, "cause and effect!"