This month in Science Giants has been incredibly busy and exciting! The students have come up with their own lesson plans and have learned how to teach in teams. The topics range from chemistry and physics to electrical engineering. The students took their time brainstorming tons of different i deas for what they would be interested in teaching elementary school students. Before they narrowed it down to their final choices, the students took part in a wide variety of STEM activities. They were interested in exploring topics such as hereditary, biomes, atoms, and human anatomy. From their huge list of topics, they selected their favorites and made teams based on their favorite topics. Over the next few weeks, the students conducted research on their topics, and created fun hands-on STEM activities for their topics. They learned how to manage a classroom and how to put together a “Program Outline” like I do for them! After the students finalized their lessons, each group had a day to present their projects and teach the other students!
The first ones up were Alonzo, Jovon, and Melvin they taught an extremely fun lesson, made slime, and tested how many Mentos it took to make the biggest diet coke explosion! “They were really good at explaining the activities so we understood!” said Alejah when giving the feedback to the boys. He then added, “if they gave each of the students a chart to document the differences between the three experiments it would be easier to analyze the data!”
Each of the groups went throughout the course of two weeks. Some lessons went flawlessly and the experiments worked out perfectly, but some need some tweaking before we bring them to the elementary school students. We struggled through trying to make an electrical circuit with various fruits and vegetables… Sisters, Diamond and Danielle, were so excited to teach the experiment, but as it was our first attempt we were a little worried it may not work. We had limes, lemons, and potatoes to determine which one conducted electricity the best. It was a great to see the girls trying to work through all the possibilities for ways to make the experiment work. In the end, it didn’t work out, but they kept positive all the way through and went back later to work through how to fix the experiment for next time. We are looking forward to getting the opportunity to teach our lessons to some elementary school students!
Written by: Meghan Bagley