In early April, the entire school took on a Science-Technology-Religion-Engineering-Arts-Math
(STREAM) Day Challenge, which had students team up to build different bridges out
of different materials. Each class received a “STREAM Challenge” bag with their
challenge and all the needed supplies, ranging from blueprints for the planning
stages to Legos, blocks, yarn, clay, lots of tape, straws, Popsicle sticks,
fishing line, toothpicks, gumdrops and more.
Some PreK 2 students even got into the spirit of construction
and engineering with hard-hats and custom-made yellow paper hard-hats. Some
students tested their bridges with biblical puppets.
The eighth graders took on the challenge of building
a bridge out of Popsicle sticks and duct tape, using fishing line and a hook to
support a pulley system that could get 50 pennies from one end of the bridge to
the other. After several attempts and adjustments, the bridges were a success.
STREAM education involves problem solving, critical
thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship,
acceptance of failure and more.
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