STEMFest

March 9, 2019 | 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. 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 13 items.

  • Little Leopards (Pre-Primary) STEM Exploration

    Heat Sensitive Paper
    Heat Sensitive Paper is the mind-boggling result of a process that coats one side of a piece of regular old paper with special thermochromic ink. The thermochromic ink loses its color when it reaches a certain temperature.

    Sharpie Color Mixing Crafts
    Use chromatography and a bit of arts and crafts in this color-mixing activity to create a simple design of dots and lines. We'll use different colored Sharpie pens directly on fabric and then with a special dropper bottle, drip rubbing alcohol carefully on the design and let chemistry do its work.

    The Fortune Telling Fish 
    This material once placed on the palm of your hand starts to move. Made of a super-thin material called cellophane, the fish react to the heat and moisture of your palm.
  • PS Tech RoboLeopards, Coding, and CAD Modeling

    K-5th Grade: Primary School Robotics and Technology Showcase: Come try out some of the exciting hardware and software Primary Schoolers have been using this year. We will have members of our RoboLeopards Robotics Club on hand to show off their work and to discuss their experience with Lego MINDSTORMS. There will be kiosks available for visitors to learn about 3D design using Tinkercad and Coding through a variety of engaging applications for all ages.
  • 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? The Lowell campus is full of native plants that provide much-needed support to our local pollinators such as the monarch butterfly, bees, hummingbirds and many other important insects. At this station, students will be able to learn a bit about the importance of pollinators and can make themselves a little seed kit to take home and plant their own pollinator garden.
  • 1st Grade Temperature

    Activity: Temperature
    On Display: Measure temperatures in different environments

    What are the best qualities of a nice, warm coat? After studying temperature ranges and practicing how to read a thermometer, 1st grade students experimented to see what materials in a coat keeps the body the warmest. People visiting this table will get to see their experiment in action and will be able to make and test their own hypotheses.
  • 2nd Grade Space Parachutes

    Activity: Space Parachutes
    Visitors to this station will have the chance to learn more about the project and to build their own simple parachutes and learn more about second graders' space parachutes project!

    Lesson: Second graders learned about space parachutes, such as the supersonic parachutes used to slow the descent of rovers landing on Mars.

    In class, students researched the parachutes used in the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Mars rover landings, as well as testing that has been completed for the anticipated Mars 2020 rover’s parachute systems.

    Second graders then conducted experiments to determine how different parachute variables, such as suspension line length, canopy size, and canopy material impact the parachute’s rate of descent to design their own parachute.
  • 3rd Grade Prosthetic Beaks

    Activity: Prosthetic Beaks

    Lesson: Third graders examined how structural adaptations allow animals to survive in their environment. Their investigations included how beaks and other mouthparts “match” available food sources.

    After learning about how scientists created 3-D printed prosthetic beaks for injured birds, students explored the relationship between a beak form and function and designed their own beaks
  • 4th Grade Knee Braces

    Activity: Knee Braces

    Lesson: As part of their study of the human body, 4th graders learned about how ligaments help to hold our joints together, and how injuries to those ligaments can result in instability.

    Using a variety of models, students were able to observe how ligaments function within the knee joint and gain a clearer understanding of why so many athletes’ ligament injuries result in long months or years “on the DL.” Students measured the range of motion of both their own healthy knees and of models of knees with ligament injuries.

    They then designed knee braces to help provide support and stability to enable those “injured knees” to move more like a healthy knee, collecting data and refining their work along the way.
  • 5th Grade Robots

    Activity: Robots! Test your skills by trying to navigate a robot through a maze!

    Lesson: Fifth graders built VEX robots. First, students learned to program a robot in the virtual world. Fifth graders then translated this skill into the physical world and constructed VEX robots that brought code to life.

    Throughout the project, students experience math and engineering concepts converging to solve problems. At this station, participants can use STEM laptops to program virtual and physical robots.
  • 6th Grade Rockets

     
    Activity: Build a rocket.
     
    Lesson: In 6th grade, students study Newton's Laws of force and motion. They explored concepts of inertia, net force, velocity, and mass. Using the supplies you see at this station, students built paper rockets and launched them on the front field to test an object's thrust, drag, and lift.

    See if you can balance out the forces of thrust, drag, lift, and weight by building your own paper rocket.
     
  • 6th Grade STEAM Boats and Bridges

    Activity: Boats and Bridges

    During January in 6th grade STEAM, half the grade opted to learn about one of the great engineering feats of our time – bridges. Students began by completing a Webquest which investigated what bridges really are, how they contribute to human society, the four main types of bridges (beam, arch, truss, and suspension) the main types of forces at play (tension and compression), the main ways bridges break (buckling and snapping), and identifying types of bridges based on photos of them. They were then tasked with building one of their own by starting with a blueprint plan and putting together a proposal for how they would use a budget that they are given to purchase materials. Their bridges also had to satisfy particular height and length dimensions, withstand as much downward force acting upon them as possible, and be built with certain materials, including popsicle sticks, toothpicks, coffee stirrers, Elmer’s glue, putty, construction paper, and string. At the end, students gathered around to closely observe and cheer for their own and their classmates’ final projects to see which construction properties were most successful.
  • 7th Grade STEAM DIY

    7th grade DIY STEAM Project:

    Seventh graders spent this trimester designing and carrying out their own STEAM projects. Students were required to write a proposal explaining why they wanted to explore a particular project and how it related to at least 3 aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). They created their own timelines for the project, reflected on their process throughout the term, and created some unique masterpieces! Come check out a go-kart made of PVC, a hoop garden, a worm compost system, a doodling robot, and more!
  • 8th Grade Homemade Handwarmers

    Activity: Homemade Handwarmers
     
    Eighth graders spent this trimester exploring chemistry. As part of this exploration, students observed signs of chemical reactions, which include a change in energy (often in the form of heat being released or absorbed). In this activity, students combined a variety of household substances to determine how to make the best hand warmers. In doing so, they learned more about chemical reactions and how different chemicals combine to make a wide array of materials in our world today.

    Come use chemistry to make your own “homemade hand warmer!”
  • 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!

    Battleship
    Plot your ships on a 4 quadrant coordinate plane and try to find the ordered pairs to sink your opponent's battleship!

    Factor and Product Games
    Test your skills of factors and multiples in two fun games! Try to outsmart your opponent by getting the largest sum of factors or 4 products in a row.

Volunteer

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

New This Year

Student-Designed STEAM Projects

Seventh graders have worked for months to design their own STEAM projects. Come check out what they’ve created!

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 Main Building. Thank you very much!