STEM at Carder

How do you build a boat from aluminum foil that successfully floats in a tub of water? That is what Carder Elementary students recently explored as part of a lesson in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Ms. Yarnell, who provides STEM support across the district, said, “Students added candy  pumpkins or other small objects to see how many pumpkins the aluminum foil boat will hold without sinking. Students learned terms such as buoyancy and density.” 

Specific learning standards included Operations and Algebraic Thinking,  Science and Engineering, Structure and Properties of Matter and Engineer Design. The Math standards were reinforced by having students "take pumpkins from" or "add pumpkins to" various boats.