Welcome to the Lab! So What is S.T.E.A.M. Anyway?

S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for SCIENCE . TECHNOLOGY . ENGINEERING . ART . MATH . This is the space where ideas are nourished and brought to life!  Science explorations, engineering tasks and robotics team strategy sessions happen here every day.  Check out some of our activities.

STEAM Lab - October 2018

After learning the basics of 6 simple machines, students are tasked with building a series of machines that can move an object from one place to another.  Check them out!

Building A Foundation - Check out the Video!

This STEAM Lab session features an unplugged lesson from Code.org.  Students were tasked with building a foundation strong enough to hold a heavy book.  Teams used their communication and problem solving skills to improve their designs.  Enjoy!

What's happening in the S.T.E.A.M. Lab?

Build an Ice House: An Engineering Task for Primary Students

It's so hot outside! Can you work with your partner to design and build a structure to prevent an ice cube from melting?  We'll be testing out "ice houses" outside to determine which designs were most effective.

Build and Test a Hoop Glider: An Engineering Task for Primary Students

Try out some different hoop glider designs and test them with your friends.  What makes some gliders fly further than others?  What variables are you considering?

Literature in STEAM: An astronaut kicks off our engineering lesson!

Students enjoy Andrea Beaty's "Rosie Revere: Engineer" as read by Astronaut Kate Rubins on the International Space Station.  Then the balloon rocket challenge begins as groups discuss, design, build and test their rockets.

Take a Virtual Walk in the Woods and Explore Animal Survival

What does a praying mantis do when it senses danger? What about gophers? Or snails?  Students take a virtual walk through the woods and learn about animal survival in this fun interactive lessons.

Design, Build and Test Your Balloon Rocket

Can you design a balloon rocket that can sail 20 feet by itself? Add a challenge to this lesson by having a budget, specific materials and a time limit.

Previous Explorations

How Can Water Shape Earth's Surface: Exploring Stream Tables

How Do Bees Pollinate Flowers? A Simulation Lesson

What Happens When Water Droplets Get Close Together? A Consendation Exploration

Exploring Chemical Reactions

Which Does The Sun Heat Faster: Soil or Water?

Can You Find The Outliers In Our Data? Let's Explore Variables

More fun happenings in the S.T.E.A.M. Lab

Students of all ages (Pre-K - 6th) design and test their own doodle-bots. They ask and answer grade appropriate questions. They consider several variables including: where to place the motor, how heavy or long the propellers should be, what materials to use, and how to create new and unique patterns with the markers (legs).