My fourth graders couldn't have been more excited to receive the take home STEM optional assignment. Believe it or not, I heard a ton of positive feedback from the parents too! I have around 75 students and over 30 completed traps. On St. Patrick's Day, we all met together for a triad meeting and each student presented their trap, told about the simple machine they incorporated, and showed how a magnet would help catch a leprechaun. Each student showed amazing engineering skills and so much pride in their invention. Check out some of their projects!
And guess what? The next day every single trap was set off, but no leprechaun was in sight! However, we guessed the leprechaun was impressed with all the creativity he saw because he left candy, stickers, tattoos, pencils, gold coins, and jewels!
We even spotted some footprints! 😂
Overall, this project was a huge success and the students will remember it for years to come! The way they incorporated magnets and simple machines truly amazed me!