4th grade began learning about our SOLAR SYSTEM this week in the STEM Lab. This is one of the most memorable lessons that students take part in. Not only do we learn about what makes up the Solar System, but we also build a model....in the hall....USING TOILET PAPER?!?!
This lesson helps to introduce students to the immense size of our Solar System, the planets, and other parts of space. We also take a walk to the closest star to our solar system...Proxima Centauri. This is a great introduction to the next unit of science for 4th grade.
Today was all about SOUND in the STEM Lab. We started by talking about how sound is made through vibrations in matter. Tuning forks are a great way to hear and feel the vibrations that are making the different notes. Using a slinky, the students were able to see how sound waves move.
Another fun way to experience sound, and an easy at home activity, involves a spoon tied on to a string. Students wrapped the ends of the string around one finger on each hand. Then, they put their fingers in their ears and lean over. Neighbors carefully hit the spoon with pencils. The spoon sounds like a loud gong!
Glass containers of water were used to help students experiment with different water levels and how that changes the pitch of the sound made when hitting the glass.
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.