Today's lesson in the STEM Lab was all about LIVING AND NONLIVING. We looked at pictures of plants, animals, and many other things. The students learned about the questions to ask themselves when deciding if something is living or nonliving. This is a great subject to talk about at home and practice when outside on these amazing spring days.
Kindergarten students finished up learning about matter in the STEM Lab with two fun experiments. The first was called Dancing Popcorn. Students had an opportunity to practice making predictions about the outcome of the experiment. We discovered that un popped popcorn kernels sink in a cup of water and baking soda. Add a little vinegar and the kernels start to dance! This is a simple chemical reaction that occurs when the baking soda and vinegar mix. Lots of fun for the kids to watch.
Students also tested to see if eggs would float in water. We found that a raw eggs sinks in a glass of water. If you add salt, A LOT OF SALT, to the water it will change the density of the water and now the egg floats. Test this out at 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.