Gardiners Ave. Kindergartners Splash Into STEAM
Kindergarten students at Gardiners Avenue Elementary School engaged in a sink versus float science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics experiment during their K-STEAM Club on March 28. Facilitated by teacher Kristina Didyk, the morning club meets once a week to give students the opportunity to use their imaginations and problem solve through different projects.
Students gathered in the school's art room where Didyk first discussed the directions of the experiment. Each student received a worksheet where they were required to draw a photo of the object that they were placing in water and color in their prediction of whether the object would float or sink. Students were broken up into groups where they received a plastic container of water. Each group was supplied with materials such as a medal spoon, penny, plastic spoon, Q-tip and wooden stick, to experiment with and drop into the water.
Before seeing if their predictions were correct, students discussed what they thought would happen and then took turns dropping the objects into the water. They then colored in their results on their worksheet. Toward the end of the meeting, the students got a head start on their next experiment. They were challenged to create a floating boat out of aluminum foil. Next time the group meets, the students will predict how many pennies the boat can hold before it sinks and record their results in their own personalized boat book.