Building simple circuits with copper tape, led bulbs, resistors and watch batteries is not as simple as one might think...
Building simple circuits with copper tape, led bulbs, resistors and watch batteries is not as simple as one might think. STEM students are putting the engineering design process to work by figuring out how to improve their designs to make the bulb light up. However, they are also putting critical thinking skills to practice when the circuit seems to be constructed properly but still doesn’t seem to work, which then lead to discussion about the problem. The students are also learning that in STEM, they must embrace the idea that when they make mistakes or have what seems like a failure that it’s what actually helps them learn. A few students did have success getting their name tag circuits to work. Very Low Profile Copper Foil
Fourth-graders conducted an investigation to discover what characteristics can change the swing of a pendulum. Students tested different size pendulum swings, recorded their results and wrote conclusions based on their discoveries. The students are growing in scientific discovery skills, collaboration and higher level thinking.
Mr. Franjo Injic, father to three Notre Dame students, spoke to the seventh grade to share his connection to the summer reading book, “Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O’Grady.”
Injic was born in Travnik, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the war in Bosnia in the early 1990s, Injic had to flee his home and make his way to Croatia. He was able to give the students a realistic view of the living conditions as a child growing up in a war-torn country.
In the book, Captain O’Grady was shot down in this area and had to survive the hostile environment. As a refugee, Injic came to the United States not speaking a word of English, but he went on to achieve advanced degrees due to the investment of dedicated educators and others. He stressed that the United States is a great country of possibilities. The seventh-graders were very appreciative.
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