"The National Building Museum is a place where everyone can build and create. We had fun building houses and bridges. We also had fun playing in a pool of plastic balls built by the museum. Engineering and design can be used not just to create homes or functional use, but also to create fun experiences for everyone!" Jasmine V.
First up was the FUN HOUSE exhibit designed by Snarkitecture!
STEM to STEAM
"In STEAM class today we learned why it is so important to include the arts into our class. We have to understand why creativity is also important. The main reason to use creativity is to invent. Our teachers taught us to plan> build> test> then modify." -Morgen T.
"Creativity is using your imagination to create something unique, but does not have to be real. It is important for the future because if someone asks you to invent something, you want to come up with a unique idea that is easy to use but what the invention can solve or be used for is a complex idea or thing. - Gabby H.
We believe creativity and imagination is the key to innovation! Integrating the Arts into STEM provides a platform for students think outside of the box and design the impossible! Sci-Fi film and literature is a perfect example of how creativity and imaginary can lead to transformative inventions!
"To me creativity is using your imagination to design/make something. It is important to your future because if we use our imagination we can spark an idea, ask questions and create!" - Rachel S.
"My definition of creativity is that instead of doing something the way it has been done before you do it differently and i a way that is original. I think creativity is important to our future because it allows us to branch our and learn new ways to do something." - Violet G
"Creativity is a way to express yourself and thinking outside of the box. I think creativity is important to the future of everything like food, jobs, music, etc. Without creativity things wouldn't be so unique and less inventions would be available." -Michelle C.
PAPER ROLLER COASTER DESIGN CHALLENGE
A local amusement park has issue a challenge to roller coaster designers to determine who should build their next roller coaster. Design teams must prove that they can engineer an exciting roller coaster that meets the requirements, using as little money as possible.
TIC TAC SKYLINE - Building & Testing
"This morning we presented our personal cells to the class, but they actually were not shaped like cells at all. Some were in the shape of hearts, fire flames, trees, and even an iPad! We learned that we all have a lot in common even though our shapes are different." - Julia Romm
CAN YOU GUESS WHICH GLASSES BELONG TO YOUR DAUGHTER?
"TinkerCAD is a fun way to make 3D printed designs. You can use different geometric shapes to build a structure. This can be a good program for people who have a little or a lot of experience." -Violet G.
"Here I am learning how to use digital tools, such as the hole feature to build a house with Morgen, my 3D printing partner." Gaby H.
Enjoy a few time-lapse videos of our 3D Bookmark Designs!
"As a class we created cells represent different things in our life that we like. For example mine includes a basketball, television, and legos!" - Daniela Velasquez
LOCAL MOTORS FIELD TRIP
"Today we got experience the inside of an accessible Ollie, which is a 3D printed and AI transportation device." -Mia Rosenblum-Solis
OLLIE DESIGN CHALLENGE
Student were challenge to think about how Olli can be used to solve a world problem. They developed their ideas and edited a prototype to include new features that will help communities around the world. Each student's idea will be submitted to the Ollie development team for review and may selected form product in the future!