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The 5th graders have been brainstorming, tinkering, and improving our lunch box alarms this week to keep Mr. McBride out of 5th grade lunches on Monday! By tomorrow, I believe every group will have a working, unique alarm that will prevent Mr. McBride from stealing any candy. I have been so impressed with the 5th graders' perseverance and team work. When I close my eyes at night, I think I can still hear the buzzers going off! Students followed the Engineer Design Process to create their alarms.
On our 1st work day, students discussed the problem and spent time imagining what they thought their group's alarm should look like. One of the biggest struggles is that the alarm needs to go off when the box opens--not when the lunch box shuts! This concept challenged many students and also forced us to spend some time just thinking.
The next day, the groups moved on to the planning and creation phase. This is where the sounds got real and loud! The classroom was just a buzz of excitement, trials, failures, and successes as students worked together to get one step closer to having a working alarm.
After lots of tinkering and trials, Mrs. Schirmer, Ms. Preiss, and I started to see lots light bulbs go off! It was so much fun to watch when the groups had an "aha" moment! The alarms started to be come more successful as students practiced perseverance and reflection. Lunch box alarms were an amazing way for 5th graders to truly understand electrical circuits as well as were wonderful engineers! We can't wait for Mr. McBride to try to steal our candy on Monday during STEAM Lab.
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