The first Saturday in April we held a Preschool STEAM program for ages 3-6. We focused on light and shadows. We read stories, danced, sang songs, and talked about where light comes from, why shadows happen, and how the phases of the moon work. Then we broke into station activities around the room and kids did hands-on experiments to reinforce the scientific concepts we just learned about.
We had a great crowd, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time! Kids explored shadows of their hands, and they used flashlights to shine light through color paddles. This allowed them to explore how light can travel through some things but not others. They were also able to experiment with mixing primary colors together to make secondary colors.
At another station, families used Oreo cookies to recreate the phases of the moon as it travels around the earth each month. Frosting may be one of the most delicious ways to replicate a moon, and lots of kids enjoyed eating their experiments.
Posted by children | Feb 14, 2018
The second half of our LEGO Mindstorms workshop culminated with Battle Bots! First the kids had to learn more about programming their robots, then they dove into designing one for battle.
At our fourth week, we learned about programming tools like loop blocks and switches. Then we explored a variety of sensors and learned a little about taking measurements and writing programs using the sensors.
Learning how to code using loops and switches.
Building a new piece onto their robots that utilizes a sensor.