Smarty entered STEAM night preparation after an exhausting Tech Challenge project, and we tried to convince her that perhaps she should sit this one out. But her best friend who is in the 6th grade offered to partner with her, and she eagerly jumped at the chance.
Well, I am happy to report that I was wrong. These kids really grew up in the last two years! They actually spent time planning their board and doing some research. They also managed to break their big project into chunks and divide up work between the two of them. There was a bunch of cake baking sessions - M's Mom is a lot more relaxed about kids in the kitchen, and M is strong enough to manage all aspects of baking on his own. There was a "survey cake" that kids brought to school and a Google form for a survey that they used to analyze the feedback. And, most importantly, everything was delivered on time for STEAM night :)
One of the projects from 5th grade. A Star Wars snow speeder made with PVC pipes and cardboard.
Are your kids participating in a science fair?