Saturday, June 28, 2014

STEM At the Beach

Yesterday I wrote a little bit about our day trip to the beautiful Donner Lake.

What I didn't mention was the impromptu STEM lesson that happened while we were there.  I guess you can't really turn the teaching brain off even when you are relaxing!

While we were there, a group of boys started digging something.  Then they would grab a bucket of water and run down the line with it splashing it out as they went.  My boys curiosity was peaked!

"What are they doing?"
"What are they making?'

Finally one of them figured it out.  
"They are trying to make a river or stream to the lake."

Then they become doubtful.
"It's not going to work the way they are doing it."

That's when teacher mom arrived on the scene.

"What would you do differently to make it work better?"
"What structural changes would you suggest they make."

The ideas poured out like crazy!

"Maybe they need to make it higher than the lake."
"Maybe they should pour the water in one spot at a time so it has less time to evaporate."

Then I suggested, "Why don't you help them engineer it?"

That has a much better ring to it than "Why don't you go ask them if you can play?"

Have you and your kids been learning this summer?


  1. Wait just one minute. You can leave us hangin' like that. So...what did they end up doing? Did it work? I need to know the outcome of this scenario. I have a very vivid imagination, but I want to know what actually happened!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. They did end up figuring it out, but then they decided to go out on the boat. They got stuck and my poor hubby had to swim out to get them.

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