It's been quite the exciting week at work---full of team-building and crazy challenges.
Earlier this fall, I attended a one-day Science Olympiad workshop in Pittsburgh, hosted by the Spectroscopy Society. In the spring I hosted family science nights for K and 1st. Grades 2-5 had their turn this week with some special activities.
Grade 2 built and raced Puff-Mobiles.
Grade 3 built and tested bridges.
Grade 4 built rockets, then launched them toward a designated target.
Today was the last day. Grade 5 built support boxes for an egg drop.
Out of nine egg containers, only five came through the first round, a height of 40 inches.
Only one survived the second challenge, a height of 88 inches.
We were having so much fun, we dropped it down to our basement level---13 feet, 2 inches---and it rose from the ashes.
Unfortunately, it was unable to withstand the final drop from the second story window.
One of the designs, where the egg is suspended in a cup in the center of the box.
The winning design, outfitted with balloons to create a little drag on the way down.
It's been a great week---a great way to end my year of teaching science lab K-5. I'll be returning in the fall, so this summer I'll be busy putting together a second year's worth of activities that match our curriculum. Suffice it to say, that's a fun summer job.