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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Learn STEM with Egg Car Collisions

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School students are expanding their STEM knowledge while having fun using the program “Energy Collisions.” The program allows students to learn how mechanisms change energy through transferring direction, speed, types of movement, force and how potential energy is stored and released as kinetic energy.

The students have begun learning about the transfer of energy when two objects collide. They were introduced to the concept by watching amusement park bumper cars and are now working on designing a vehicle restraint system to protect an egg while the vehicle runs down a ramp into a wall. Students will first create a car using padding materials and then design the final vehicle using only plastic parts.

Pictured In Bottom Right Photo: From Left to Right, 5th graders Lindsey Nielsen, Anna Baker and Sam Holtz

Chagrin Falls Gurney Elementary Students use STEM Concepts to Design Snowflakes

Chagrin Falls Gurney Elementary second grade students have been using geometry, art and design to solve a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) challenge by creating snowflakes.

The students had just finished learning about the water cycle and how precipitation is formed in the clouds. They focused on snowflake crystals and learned how each snowflake is unique yet symmetrical with six sides and points. Using this knowledge, students worked in pairs to share ideas and combine aspects of both geometry and science to build a snowflake that could hold its shape while hanging from the ceiling. Students used craft sticks, Q-tips, toothpicks, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, and sequins to build their snowflakes.

“The students are really enjoying themselves,” said second grade teacher Ann Kehrier. “The best quote I heard from a student during this project was ‘This was really fun! I love it when challenging work is also fun!’”

Pictured In Bottom Center Photo: Second grade students at Gurney Elementary create Snowflakes to solve STEM challenges.

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Explore Astronomy with COSI on Wheels

Students at the Intermediate School in Chagrin Falls had an opportunity to explore the solar system on February 16 without ever leaving their school when COSI (Center of Science and Industry) brought its traveling science program, Astounding Astronomy.

This innovative, interactive program stimulated the imaginations of the next generation of astronauts and aerospace engineers. Astounding Astronomy is just one of six traveling demonstrations from COSI.

The day began with a 45-minute interactive assembly introducing the students to the solar system. Students explored the size and distance between the planets, the electromagnetic spectrum, the extreme cold of the outer planets and deep space as well as learn how the Earth is currently the only planet known to contain life. This fun and educational assembly was followed by hands-on activities during which the students maneuvered a remotely-operated vehicle in the gymnasium, identified constellations and watched the effect of air pressure on a marshmallow.

This COSI On Wheels program aligns with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and compliments the National Science Education Standards allowing students to discover the impact that chemistry and space technology have on their daily lives.

COSI is a hands-on science center located in Columbus, Ohio. Each year more than 300,000 students take part in COSI On Wheels programs.

Pictured In Top Left and Top Right Photos: Students at the Intermediate School enjoy COSI’s Astounding Astronomy program.

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