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April 11, 2019

Annie Wooden

Second-grader Easton Deal tested his math skills in a "Clothespin Math" game. Kids had one minute to match math equations on clothespins with answers on a sheet. The students then counted the number of correct answers and plotted the results on a graph outside the classroom.

Thompson Falls Elementary hosted its annual Family STEM Night last Thursday, providing fun learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

In the junior high gymnasium, Alex Barerra (right), a fourth grader, tested scientific impulse and force in the egg drop game. Students were given, tape, foil and straws to create a safe haven for an egg (safely secured in a plastic bag) and then drop the egg package from three different heights. Teacher Doree Thilmony said her Physical Science high school students were testing the same measurements. From STEM night, best practice appeared to be creating a parachute for the egg, which Thilmony said helped reduce the time it took for the egg to hit the floor.

STEM night is funded through a STEM grant from Exxon/Town Pump.

Annie Wooden

In the junior high gymnasium, Alex Barerra (right), a fourth grader, tested scientific impulse and force in the egg drop game. Students were given, tape, foil and straws to create a safe haven for an egg (safely secured in a plastic bag) and then drop the egg package from three different heights. Teacher Doree Thilmony said her Physical Science high school students were testing the same measurements. From STEM night, best practice appeared to be creating a parachute for the egg, which Thilmony said helped reduce the time it took for the egg to hit the floor.

 

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