Students learned a lot about engineering during a visit from graduate students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department of Princeton University. https://mae.princeton.edu/
Engineers help design medical tools! Students learned how stethoscopes work by building one and listening to each other’s heartbeat. They found that the stethoscope works much better when you add rubber coverings over the ends. Why is that?
Firefighters put out fires with the help of engineered equipment. Students brainstormed different ways to put out a fire and stay safe. What methods do you think they used? What’s going to work best, water or air? How can we accurately get it to the flame?
Students explored another way to put out fires using a large drum. Thanks to a fog machine, we could even see the puff of air putting out the flame!
Engineers design rockets! Students built a rocket with the help of some simple materials. 10 seconds to takeoff! The rockets launched across the strings as the balloon deflated! How would you redesign your rocket to go faster?
Engineers use their knowledge to design musical instruments! Students learned about sound waves and how sounds are created. Because of their different properties, the slinkies moved up and down at different rates, just like the guitar strings.
Students learned how a clarinet works. Is the sound lower when you press none or all of the keys? When the teacher removes the mouthpiece and blows into the clarinet, does it make a noise? These principles also work when your clarinet is made out of a turnip! Students found out what happens to the sound when you shorten the “clarinet” by taking a bite!
Thanks to the Princeton University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduates for a fun day!
With guidance from a technology integration specialist, our students are discovering new technological tools that can help them learn. Here, students use some new apps to supplement what they’re doing in class.
Grade 1 students use Kodable to learn about programming loops and repetitions through a series of games, which promotes “critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.” Students in Grade 3 use Book Creator to give their stories and drawings an interactive, digital aspect. There are so many possibilities with this creative platform!
FASP students learn to love reading through projects like the Rallye Lecture, a reading competition in which students keep track of the French and English books they’ve read and answer questionnaires to check their comprehension.
This is a proven effective tool designed to help students strengthen their reading comprehension, build their background knowledge and expand vocabulary in both English and French.
Our Grade 2 and 4 students show us how it’s done:
Being “scientific” involves being curious, observing, asking how things happen and learning how to find the answers. For the past few weeks, Pre-K and Kindergarten students have developing an understanding of the properties of air through several simple experiments.
By observing what is happening, using words to describe what they notice, and repeating the action to compare results, they learned that air can move things, takes up space and has mass!