The students in Room 17 have been busy engineering as they prepare for their winter games. Students are using their Social Studies focus on Africa to create STEAM Teams to represent the African nations of Egypt, Kenya, Zaire, and Zambia. Students researched the flags of each nation, then got to hear their National Anthem in our opening ceremonies. At the opening ceremony the torch "run" occurred while listening to the Olympic Theme. After, each participant enjoyed a torch snack. To prepare for the events, each team needed to design and build elements for three Olympic sports. First, was the challenge of making a luge track that was 5 feet long with two turns to guide a marble quickly and smoothly down the course. Next, the teams built bobsleds that would go down a toy train track. The final challenge was to develop a curling stone that was smooth on the bottom, no bigger than 3 inches in diameter, and weighed exactly 40 grams. While designing was fun, competing against the other teams was the most fun. After each event we had a lot of complex math to do together in order to total scores of time and length to determine the places. There was great sportsmanship as each team strove to go higher, stronger, faster.
Hi, I'm Mrs. Sibiskie. I love teaching first and second grade students at John Lyman School.