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STEM at DTC

 Fourth-grade students at D. T. Cox Elementary participated in a paper chain STEM activity. In this activity, students were taught the scientific method and were asked to design the paper chain on their own. They then collaborated in groups in the designing of the paper chain. Student groups were given only the following materials: 2 pieces of construction paper, 12 inches of masking tape, a ruler, and one pair of scissors. The paper chain could be made only using these materials, nothing more and nothing less. At the end of 30 minutes of “construction time,” the chains were measured. The group with the longest chain was declared the winners. The teachers then expounded on the activity discussing how this activity could pertain to engineering using the example of bridges and how there were many different types of bridges which had to be engineered differently. The same was applied to the paper chains: there are many different ways to make paper chains, and the collaboration of the groups or the engineering showed the different thought processes that were taking place to make the different types of chains in each class.

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