The 16th annual AT&T/MACUL/MVU Student Technology Showcase took place December 7, 2016 in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol building. The event featured nearly 40 student teams from around the state that showcased students demonstrating the use of classroom technology. This is a series to highlight the participating teams. Articles were submitted by each team.
A Kindergarten through Eighth Grade STEM Project
The Eagle Creek Academy student team project featured at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol focused on Cars That Go, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math project.
The students gathered materials and learned how to use basic tools independently to construct their vehicles, applying engineering, math and science skills to produce a car that would – at least in theory – work. They applied science, technology, engineering and math through the course of the project.
Upper elementary students through middle schoolers chose to either research and build a rubber band powered car or a mousetrap powered car. Students learned from hands-on experiences and they learned by identifying malfunctions and working on solutions to fix problems.
“During this project I learned that you need to keep trying even if what you’re working on fails in multiple ways,” Dani, 8th grader and creator of a mousetrap car said.
Sometimes it’s hard to watch children fail but after initial failure comes the valuable lessons of how to make something work and gives the life lessons of persevering through difficulty. This became the focus of our reflections after the project and students have been inspired by Thomas Edison as demonstrated in this antidote by Walter S. Mallory: “I said: ‘Isn’t it a shame that with the tremendous amount of work you have done you haven’t been able to get any results?’ Edison turned on me like a flash, and with a smile replied: ‘Results! Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work!'”
For more photos from the event visit http://sts.macul.org/photos.
Amie Gamache is a STEM Teacher for Eagle Creek Academy. She joined Eagle Creek in 2005 and has taught preschool, Kindergarten, first grade and technology. For more about her classroom visit http://ecastem.weebly.com/.
Eagle Creek Academy is a nationally accredited, private school in Oakland County, Michigan, for children from 3 years old through 8th grade. For more information about the school visit http://www.eaglecreekacademy.com/