STEMFest

March 3, 2018 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Lowell’s annual STEMFest hums with energy. An exposition of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical integration from across the curriculum at Lowell, students, teachers, and parents present projects expo-style, with interactive stations for all ages. Want to learn how to make impression fossils? Learn how to drive a robot or create a virtual model? Build a launch rocket? There will be fun for the whole family, so save the date! Come explore, play, and discover with Lowell student STEMgineers!

STEM Sample Units

List of 11 items.

  • Little Leopards (Pre-Primary) STEM Exploration

    Make bracelets with UV color changing beads
    UV Color Changing Beads demonstrate how ultraviolet rays change the beads’ colors right before our eyes! These beads teach us about the power ultraviolet radiation and the care that needs to be taken to prevent the damage it may cause. Ultraviolet (UV) light is the invisible radiation that will give you a sunburn and injure your eyes if you’re not careful. Sunglasses and sunscreens absorb UV photons. You can test their protective qualities by using your UV detecting beads.

    Simple slime making activity (no borax or glue)
    Making slime is a great way to introduce the concepts of changes in states of matter (from a liquid to a solid), demonstrate the process of cross-linking long chains of molecules, and to explore the science of polymers.
  • Kindergarten Monarch Butterfly

    Activity: Make an artistic model of a monarch butterfly and take home milkweed seeds.
    On Display: Monarch Butterflies

    Did you know that the monarch butterfly flies up to 3000 miles each year on its way from Canada to Mexico? You would probably need a break if you traveled that far. Well, if you plant some milkweed, you are providing a nice stopping point for these butterflies. Participants in this activity will be able to take some milkweed seeds home to plant and will get to make an artistic model of a Monarch to display at home.
  • 1st Grade Bug Habitats

    Activity: Make your own bug habitat!
    On Display: 
    Bug Habitats

    Bugs can be scary, but many bugs are helping us out each day. All of our gardens need the right bugs. It can be fun to think of what a perfect little bug home would look and feel like. Participants in this activity will see the good bugs and the bad bugs and will be able to build their own bug habitat that they can take into the backyard to see if anything moves in.
     
  • 2nd Grade Impression Fossils

    Activity: Make your own impression fossil.
    On Display: Impression fossil examples

    Students explored Earth processes, including the processes that form igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. They also examined how permineralization and other processes lead to fossilization of bones, body shapes, footprints, and more. Students created their own impression “fossils” by pressing model feet into a molding medium and observing the shapes that were created.
  • 3rd Grade Simple Machines

    Activity: Compare two pulley systems.

    Students measured how simple machines such as ramps, wheels, levers, and pulleys increase the effort needed to do physical work. Using spring scales, students were able to measure the effort needed to move a fixed weight both with and without the assistance of a simple machine. Students also applied this understanding by combining simple machines to create systems, such as the simple machine components that make up factory systems.
  • 4th Grade Laser Light Security System and Mazes

    Activity: Laser Maze game
    On display: 4th grade laser projects

    Fourth graders learned about light and sound and how both types of energy can be reflected, transmitted, and absorbed. Then, they applied their understanding to design a model laser security perimeter to protect a museum artifact. Students had to plan and execute a design that reflected the laser in a closed shape using what they had learned about reflection. They also had an opportunity to incorporate their own artistic expression into the design. Students also applied their understanding of reflection, transmission, and absorption to solve problems such as the laser mazes.
  • 5th Grade Robots

    Activity: Robots!

    5th graders built VEX robots. Students began by learning to program a robot in the virtual world. Next, they built their own robots. Finally, they learned to program the physical robots. At this station, participants can use the STEM laptops to program virtual and physical robots. Test your skills by trying to get a robot through the maze!
  • 6th Grade Rockets and CO2 Cars

     
    Activity: Build a rocket.
     
    In 6th grade, students learned all about force and motion. Using the supplies you see at this station, students built paper rockets and launched them on the front field. See if you can balance out the forces of thrust, drag, lift, and weight by building your own paper rocket.
     
    On Display: CO2 cars

    Students explored Newton’s laws of motion this year in their physical science unit. They built rockets, catapults, and bridges in science class. Then, they combined their knowledge of all three laws of motion to design, construct, improve, and test a CO2 powered derby car.
  • 7th Grade Improve a Space and Postcards from Earth

    On Display: "Improve a Space" projects, including proposals, a 3D scale model, and a virtual model
     
    Integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), students created a proposal to improve a space. Students first chose a space that was important to them, determined what they did not like about the room, and then created scaled virtual rooms using the program SketchUp and/or physical models of the room in order to show their proposed improvements. Students considered elements of design in their models, aiming to create spaces that incorporated their own tastes. They also considered how the materials in their rooms would be affected by light and sound, applying their knowledge of wave behavior. Students wrote detailed proposals for their projects, supplying accurate budgets and justifications for the changes. Through this project, students learned how to use a variety of technology and tools, helped each other overcome obstacles, and applied concepts from multiple classes in order to accomplish their goals.
     
    On Display: Postcards from Earth
     
    After studying space exploration, students created postcards from Earth. These postcards were designed to teach extraterrestrial life forms about our planet and about human beings, and included images, sounds, and video from Earth. Come create your own postcard from Earth!
  • 8th Grade Clean Dirty Water

    Activity: Clean dirty water.
     
    As part of their chemistry unit, 8th graders learned about the chemistry of water, including how to clean dirty water. They used their knowledge of physical and chemical properties of water to remove oil, solids, odors, and color from the water. In doing so, they also practiced using lab equipment, measuring with accuracy, and analyzing the results of their experiment. At this station, you’ll be able to try out several methods of cleaning water on your own, including water from Kalmia and Rock Creeks!
  • Math

    About Me Number Poster
    Let’s learn all about you! Find creative ways to tell friends and family interesting facts about yourself while showing us your math skills. For example, Middle School Math Teacher Sarah Fleischer’s age is the least common multiple of 18 and 12. Come show off your math and art skills!

    Fractions with Pattern Blocks
    Make fractions fun again! Middle schoolers do a lot of work with fractions; come test your skills! Create intricate pictures with pattern blocks and determine the fraction of each shape within your picture. There are plenty of ways to further challenge your fraction skills with this activity. Come check it out!
     
    Number Line Race
    Draw a card and move that number of spaces along a number line. First one to 20 wins!.

    Volume and Surface Area Challenge
    Volume and surface area are important concepts in STEM. Put your spatial thinking skills to the test in this calculation station!

Volunteer

There are many ways you can help ensure the continued success of STEMFest. If you would like to volunteer, contact Steve Irwin or sign up using the link below.

New This Year

Student-Designed Activities: We've invited 7th and 8th grade students to design their own STEMFest activities based on their interests in STEM fields. Check out what they’ve designed!

Explore Lowell’s Array of Tech Devices: Come explore the wide range of tech devices used by Lowell students! We will have Surface Pros, iPads, and Chromebooks available to try out.

Donations Needed

The sustainability committee is looking for donations of empty egg cartons to use for planting seeds. If you are willing to provide us with your used paper-based egg cartons (NOTE: no plastic, no Styrofoam please), we would much appreciate it. There will be a box labeled for you to deposit any egg cartons outside the office in the Parkside building. Thank you very much!