STEM & The Marshmallow Challenge Iteration

What is STEM?

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STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. More importantly, what does STEM look like, feel like, move like, and sound like in an elementary classroom? Most importantly, how do you get it going?

This workshop is designed to help you kick-off your STEM lessons by using marshmallows, spaghetti, string, tape, and a little iterative reflection.

Take a look at the original marshmallow challenge presented by Tom Wujec in a Ted Talk. I’ll share with you four STEM lessons and examples of related student work.

Lessons include;

  1. Exploring pendulums (science)
  2. Engineering is Elementary’s Mystery Bag (technology)
  3. Marshmallow Challenge (engineering)
  4. Mint-mobiles (mathematics)

Julianne B. Ross-Kleinmann
Foote School Lower School Technology Coordinator

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