After a lot of planning we hosted our first D87 STEM Read field trip for 3rd graders. The day was filled with first hand experiences from Hurricane Katrina, engineering challenges and a great energy. Students worked in teams of 4 to protect their time travel lab from a hurricane, determined what equipment would help them survive in a disaster, were challenged to help the class bully when in need and learned what their chances of survival might have been if they were on the Titanic. We weren't able to coordinate our date with author Lauren Tarshis, but we did enjoy a great video she created for us about her writing process and inspirations.
I was very excited to volunteer at the I Survived STEM Read event at the Invocation Center in DeKalb today. Knowing that we would be doing a similar event in Bloomington next month, I had the opportunity to help out with this event to better plan for ours. 800 5th through 9th graders were actively involved in the design challenges based on the I Survived series. Beyond engineering design challenges
I just had the most amazing day!
Book Summary: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Testing takes place after a series of wars and natural disasters when the US has been reduced to a handful of colonies. Cia, a sixteen-year-old girl from the Five Lakes Colony (near the former Great Lakes) is chosen to participate in the Testing to determine whether she will have the leadership qualities necessary to attend the university. When she starts taking the tests, she realizes that there are more than just grades at stake. In fact, passing the Testing might just be the only way to stay alive!
Joelle Charbonneau was very engaging and interacted with the students throughout the day. The team from NIU was amazing and the event was a huge success! I can't wait to try it with elementary students this spring.
In 2009 I was given the chance to move into the best job in the world- Library Media Specialist!