Blankner Innovation Day December 20th!
Blankner's first ever Innovation Day is Friday, December 20. In order to make this K-8 day a success, many supplies are needed. Please consider signing up for a supply HERE.
Thank you for your generosity and support of Blankner!
Have an Engineer in your family? Share a photo and brief description to BlanknerSTEAM@gmail.com to be featured as an Engineer of the Month in the future.
December Design Challenge: The Big Meltdown
The Big MeltdownChallenge: Can you build a shelter for a snowman that will stop the thermal energy from getting in?
Students worked in small groups to create a plan and determine what materials are better insulators vs. conductors while building their shelter for their snowman. The shelters were created and tested. It takes 7 minutes to melt a snowman in our lab without a shelter. Students were able to be creative in their designs. The winning teams received tickets to Gaylord Palms ICE.
Our youngest Bulldogs were presented with a fun STEAM challenge this month:
The 3D Printed Blankner Bulldog has escaped the Steam Lab! He taunts the teachers and students as they chase him throughout the school.
Run, Run You Move Like A Log. You Can't Catch Me I'm The Blankner Bulldog! The students all laugh and the teachers give chase. That is until the Blankner Bulldog finds himself at the end of a peer looking onto a very large lake! The Blankner Students decide to help. They have learned about civil engineers and they want to build the bulldog a bridge so he can cross the lake and escape.
Our students study different bridge models with the VR goggles and are tasked with a challenge of building a bridge that is long enough to get across the lake and sturdy enough to hold the Blankner bulldog.
All students in first through fifth grade participated in the 'Brace Yourself' Biomedical engineering design Challenge. All our Bulldogs followed our SPIKE design process. Check out a few photos of the students celebrating their success!