GEMS begins again

This is our second year to have a GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club at Herndon Elementary.  We are able to have two sessions of 21 girls each this year.  They range in grade from 4th through 6th.

Today was our first meeting for this school year and we took a quick sample of what the girls said they wanted to do this year and Mrs. Powell, our School Based Technology Specialist, typed their sentences into a Wordle.  Here is a photo of our wordle on the screen.

Wordle from GEMS club

Wordle from GEMS club

Then we watched an inspiring video of a young woman who through persistence and desire became a mechanical engineer and a race car driver.  Here is the link to the video.  http://pbskids.org/designsquad/video/racecar/

So, we decided to engineer our own race cars BUT we did it out of PASTA!  Here are some of our race cars.

"Ready, Set, ..."

“Ready, Set, …”

Mrs. Stets made this car but the axel broke on the second test drive

Mrs. Stets made this car but the axel broke on the second test drive

"Riptide" was the name the makers gave this car

“Riptide” was the name the makers gave this car

This car even had a seat

This car even had a seat

We used hot glue to fix the pieces together

We used hot glue to fix the pieces together

This car even had a canopy

This car even had a canopy

A and J made this car

A and J made this car

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