Today, 1st grade students started learning all about parts of a plant in the STEM Lab. We also looked at seeds from different plants and tried to match the seed to the plant. The time in the STEM Lab ended with every student taking home a kit to make their own Grass Head Guys and Gals! The students love to plant the grass seeds and watch them grow. They can see the root system through the cup too! The best part is when the grass gets long enough to trim!! Continue to water and place in a sunny spot and the grass will grow and grow!
Today, 1st grade students started learning the basics of computer science. We learned about ALGORITHMS! Students took part in a fun activity called "Find the Flurb". They programmed each other using ALGORITHMS. The goal was to use the directions to find the Flurb. We are going to work more with computer science in the STEM Lab.
Today in the STEM Lab we continued our discovery of the properties of light by taking white light (from flashlights) and separating it into the colors of the rainbow (visible light spectrum). This is a fun activity that can be done at home. All you need is a flashlight, CD and a dark room. Shine the light on the shiny side of the CD, moving the CD into the light until a rainbow appears. The students also made kaleidoscopes.
The most fun part of their time in the STEM Lab was when they were able to make a rainbow appear on their friend's face.
First Grade began the new year in the STEM Lab by learning more about light. We talked about three important words: TRANSPARENT, TRANSLUCENT AND OPAQUE. Students also explored how opaque objects will block light and create a shadow. They also created their own shadow puppet to take home.
Mrs. Guckert is the STEM Lab Teacher at Rocky Mount Elemetary. This is her 4th year teaching at Rocky Mount. The STEM Lab is fully funded by the Rocky Mount Elementary School Foundation. This program would not be possible without the generous donations to the Foundation from the Rocky Mount community.