Week 6 Distance Learning!  You made it!

    Week 6 STEAM Distance Learning-Cardboard Challenge!

     What to do with a box?



    Caine's Arcade



    Cardboard Challenge



    Keep up the great work!  I really miss you all!

    Week 5 Distance Learning! 

    Week 5 Bridge Building!

    Bridge Buildimg



    WEEK 4 Distance Learing!

    Making Mazes with Mrs. Cavnar!


    Box Lid Maze Step by Step Instuctions

    Box Maze


    Week 3 Distance Learning with Mrs. Cavnar!

    I still miss you everyday!  Send me a message!  How are you? :)

    Week 3 Foil Boats and Fishing with Mrs. Cavnar


    Week 3 STEAM Video


    WEEK 2 Distance Learning! I still miss you! :)

    Coding Video

     Minecraft Coding Unplugged 






    Copy of Heritage Trails Distance Learning Packet and Lessons. 


    Please email me if you have any questions or just want to say hi! I miss you all and hope you are doing well and taking care of yourself. :)



    At home STEAM Fun!





    Week 1 Videos

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    Week 1 April 6 – Tangrams

    You can print a tangram and your choice of beginner and advanced puzzles using these links.

    A couple read alouds on Tangrams




    Tangram Puzzle (Printout included in packet)  

    You will need:  

    • Tangram 
    • Scissors 
    • Beginner Puzzle for grades K-2 (optional online)
    • Advanced Puzzle for grades 3-6 (optional online)
    • Crayons, Markers, or Colored Pencils to color shapes (optional) 


    Task: Color (optional) and cut out your tangram pieces. Use your tangram to recreate any shapes from the puzzles online or create your own!

     Extension Activity

    Create a story using your tangram pieces.  

    How many designs can you make? 

    Make your own tangram puzzle. 

    You can print a tangram and your choice of beginner and advanced puzzles using the links.


    Week 2- April 13 – Coding  (Tynker app can be accessed throught Clever)




    Coding Challenge: Complete your challenge… Any type of coding!

     Kinder-2nd grade: Coding

    Code your family around the room using commands or play online! Scratch Jr, show your family what you know!



     3rd grade-6th grade: Coding you pick!  Scratch Jr, Tynker, Hour of Code any fun coding games! I provided some below in the packet or use the website above.  


    Week 3- April 20 – Foil Boats Styrofoam, etc.  

    STEAM: Boat Challenge

    In this activity, you will be designing a tin foil boat that will hold the greatest number of pennies. Get together with some family and have a contest to see who can design a cargo boat that will hold the most pennies.

    You will need:  foil, bowl, scissors, pennies, water

    1. Cut a piece of tin foil 5 x 6 inches.
    2. Fold up the sides of the boat so it will not sink and hold a cargo of pennies.
    3. Place the boat in the bowl of water. Begin adding pennies for the boat's cargo.
    4. See how many pennies your boat can carry before it sinks.
    5. Be sure to dry the pennies before you begin adding them as cargo because remember water has weight!
    6. Try different ways to distribute the weight of the pennies on your barge so you can carry the maximum number.

    Extension Activity: Try this experiment with your family members. See which one of you can create the boat that will carry the greatest amount of cargo. Have the person who created the boat begin adding pennies to their boat while another person counts the number of pennies as they are added to the boat.

    Optional 4-6th Grade: Create a boat out of tin foil that is 4 x 5 inches. Make a prediction about how many pennies you will be able to carry as cargo in this boat or create boats out of clay and see if you can make them float and carry cargo.


    Week 4- April 27 – Box Maze 

    Box Lid Maze

    A box lid maze is a 3D maze that is made inside the lid of a box using straws as the walls and a small bead or ball. The aim of the game is to get the ball from a starting position to a finish while avoiding obstacles and dead ends!

    *If you don’t have these supplies, mazes can be created in a variety of other ways.  Consider using Legos, furniture, or other items to create a maze.  

    You will need:

    • Box lid, paper, clear tape, straws (plastic or paper), pencil crayons or markers, and a small bead or ball         

     Optional: Other decorative items and beautiful junk


    1. Pick a theme. Cover the bottom of the box with paper that fits the theme. Find a small bead or ball to roll through the maze. (Ex. use starry scrapbooking paper for a space theme. And a little bead became the “rocket” that has to find it’s way across the universe!)
    2. Create a starting point for the maze. Line the entry with straws. Tape them down pressing the tape close to each side of the straw. Create several pathways for the bead to travel using the straws and have your child add obstacles to some of those pathways.  Straws can easily be cut into different lengths to create maze pathways. Bendy straws are great for making corners easily!

    Extension Activity:

    Create some dead ends to make the maze more difficult.  Consider adding some traps where the ball gets caught or stuck or drops out of the maze and must start again.  Try adding some fun obstacles like ramps or tunnels using paper towel rolls. Have FUN and be creative 


    Week 5 -May 4 – Bridge Challenge 

     Bridge Challenge

    Your challenge is to build a bridge using materials you can find at home. Think about all of the fun and unique tools we use for building in our STEM bins in the classroom! You can put together your own “bin” of materials to build with! Your bridge should go over an obstacle (real or imaginary) and your bridge should hold weight. Try out different objects to see how much it can hold. Think about weights that are similar in size, such as coins, buttons, beads, etc. 


    Extension Activity: Once you finish your bridge, see if you can modify it to: 

    1. Be longer 
    1. Hold more weight 
    1. Be taller 

    Choose one writing prompt to complete related to your bridge: 

    1. Write directions using sequence words telling someone how to build your bridge. 
    1. Write a fictional story about how your bridge is used in the real world.  
    1. Explain the most challenging part of building your bridge and how you would do things differently next time. 





    Week 6- May 11 – What you do with the box? 

    Box Challenge (What To Do With a Box?)

    You will need: 

    • A cardboard box (any size)
    • Tape
    • Scissors
    • Any materials that will help create

    Task: Create something out of a cardboard box. Use your imagination! Think about what purpose you want it to have and what you’ll need to add to your box to create it.  

    If possible, read the book What To Do With a Box. There are read aloud options available on YouTube:



    Extension Activity:

    Caines Cardboard Challenge!



    What kind of arcade game can you build from a cardboard box?  Let your imagination take off!  Then you and your family can spend time playing your cardboard arcade!  Show us your ideas and share back with us! Have fun!

    **Want to watch a movie that incorporates STEAM?     “Meet the Robinsons” from Disney!