This week we learned about the scientific method using a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) lesson. The students were given the following problem: A worm named Fred was out fishing when his boat capsized. He did not know how to swim and his life preserver was stuck under the boat. The students must save him by getting him into the life preserver. The challenge, no hands allowed! Each group was given 4 paperclips and could only touch these to save Fred.
When I first told the student what they were going to do, a range of emotions came out. They were excited to be working with candy, with the hopes of eating it, but they were befuddled when they learned they couldn’t use their hands.
I was very impressed with each group’s inventive strategies to save Fred. Although some groups had an easier time than other, I am proud to say that all four groups saved Fred!
We have challenged the parents to save Fred this weekend. I can’t wait to hear their results!