Wednesday, July 11, 2018

STEAM: Real World Problems: Plastic Pollution

Last time in STEAM we discussed some 
Did you know that the plastic bottles and other products that you put in your recycle bin often end up in the garbage dump, and eventually blown into nearby bodies of water and eventually out into the ocean?
We learned about how much plastic waste is generated every day (8 million pieces), and that this waste is a major health hazard for marine birds, mammals and fish, as well as us. We also learned what little steps we can all take to decrease the amount of plastic waste in our world (refuse to use a straw at restaurants, get a water filter pitcher at home and fill reusable bottles with it, and use reusable shopping bags instead of the thin plastic bags). 

The activity is about decreasing the amount of plastic pollution in the oceans.   

Start by asking the kids what they already know about plastic pollution.  Share the fast facts with them. Show the 3 video clips about the topic. Ask the kids if they have any ideas on how to decrease plastic pollution. Show them the plastic bottle craft ideas, and ask if they have any of their own ideas on how to repurpose a plastic bag or bottle.
Explain the craft, and why it was chosen (instead of bottles in the ocean, we are going to make an ocean in a bottle).
Let the kids make their crafts. 

Real-World Connection

To set-up the program, I shared videos of actual plastic pollution in the oceans (mostly consisting of plastic bottles), and then let the kids make a craft or bird feeder out of plastic bottles to bring home and play with or use.

New Preschool STEAM Activity: Starry Night

Starry Night
 Read to your child about the planets, asteroids, and stars in our galaxy, then let your child create our galaxy with marbles, rocks and stars.
This helps your child learn...
· Science Skills (what is in the Milky Way)

*To do the preschool activity, simply ask for the activity at the Early Learning Center desk. When you have completed the activity, return it to the desk and you will receive a sticker.

Noche Estrellada
Léale a su hijo/a sobre los planetas, los asteroides y las estrellas de nuestra galaxia, y luego permita que su hijo/a crea nuestra galaxia con canicas, rocas y estrellas.
Ésto ayuda a su hijo/a a aprender…
· Habilidades de Ciencia
(lo que está en la Vía Láctea)

*Para hacer la actividad preecolar de STEAM, simplemente pide la actividad en en escritorio del Early Learning Center (Centro de Aprendizaje Temprano). Cuando hayas completado la actividad, devuelve la actividad al escritorio y recibirás una calcomanía.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

STEAM-Real World Problems

Last time in STEAM we discussed some 
Sometimes accidents happen in our world and environment and we need to know how to fix them.  We talked about a big accident in the summer of 2010 called the 
We then leaned what it took to clean the water, plants and animals that were affected by the oil, fire and smoke

STEAM/Real World Problems

June 11, 2018

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The activity is about cleaning up the oil in the ocean. 
The materials we will be working with are analogies of what really happens in the real world.  We started by asking the kids what they already know about oil spills.  We included the catastrophic spill of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  We also discussed what kinds of engineers help solve the environmental problems caused by oil spills – chemical and environmental engineers.

Each team will need to clean up "oil" from a simulated oil spill disaster that includes feathers to represent marine life. The learning objective is to increase understanding of an oil spill disaster and environmental consequences. This activity is a great Life Sciences challenge that also incorporates engineering and math concepts. Students are given this mission: 
Your engineering company has been tasked with cleaning up a major oil spill disaster. You can only use the provided materials to clean up all the oil from the feathers and from the water. Place all collected oil into provided container.