Summer SAVY 2017, Session 2/Day 3- Survive and Thrive (Rising 1st)
Happy Third Day!
Today the students spent the majority of their day designing and creating the habitats for their mealworms. It was awesome to see them using the Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve) to bring their ideas to creation. The students were encouraged to share their ideas so their classmates could benefit from the creativity that filled the room. They explored the difference between “surviving” and thriving”. They concluded that children needed water, food, shelter, clothing, and the Sun in order to survive. However, if children wanted to thrive in their environment, then they needed love education, friends, family, money, exercise (play), and good feelings. This was a great brainstorming session for our “thriving” scientists!
The students observed their mealworms and documented any noticeable changes. They were also introduced to the generalization that “change can be manmade or natural”. I was proud to see the students working and acting like real scientists while reflecting on what they learned through their observation and conversations with each other. They are really excited about showcasing their mealworms’ habitats on Friday.
Discuss: “Do all living things go through life cycles? Can we skip a step in the life cycle?”