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I’ve teamed up with the Home Depot to complete a Maker Corner activity from their partnership with Discovery Education for 2018 Workshops and Discovery Campaign. This was such a FUN experience for my students. They were so excited to CREATE something and use their imagination.
I chose our Maker Corner Project from Science Fair Central. The Science Fair Central website is super easy to use and has fun, STEAM projects to choose from FOR FREE!!! The resources are downloadable and are organized beautifully. You can check out all the free resources available at www.sciencefaircentral.com
I chose to do Design for Delivery for our class project. My classes are 50 minutes, so I broke this project into two days. After choosing our project, I went to The Home Depot to gather all of the supplies needed.
Since, I do not have technology available in my classroom, I covered my tables with white butcher paper for students to brainstorm their design. Then I set up all of the materials.
Each class was divided into seven groups of three or four students. I first asked students to brainstorm what came to mind when they think of “home delivery”. I prompted them to write down some of their thoughts on the big white paper that covered their tables. I then asked them to think about and discuss the following questions:
- What factors need to be taken into consideration when fresh foods are delivered to homes?
- What types of materials would best be able to prevent issues when packages (especially containing food) are delivered and left outside all day?
- What happens if packages are received with the contents damaged or destroyed?
We then discussed their thoughts and this got their wheels turning! Then we looked at the Memo from the company…
My class was “hired” to design a food delivery service name and box that will withstand weather, and keep the food cold all day. My students thought this was really neat since it felt like a real situation that they could relate to! We then discussed the materials available and the students went right to work designing what their box would look like.
I gave students thirty minutes to design and work on their prototypes. The following day, students wrapped up their prototypes and set them up for display.
Each group set up their prototype design on their table and left a feedback form for other groups to add constructive criticism for them to make their box better. One person from each group stayed back to explain the details of their box prototype. The groups then had three minute rotations to view the other designs. When finished, students then read the comments and evaluated their design. They filled out a reflection and made a plan to update their box.
I highly recommend checking out sciencefaircentral.com and choosing a project to do in your classroom. These STEAM projects would be perfect for in-between units, right before a break, or even class time during testing. These projects are fun, interactive, and allows students to flex their creative muscle.
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