Morningside STEM Elementary students test their thermodynamics knowledge
Students at Morningside STEM Elementary took up “The Challenge” to test their knowledge and creativity in the STEM field. Their goal was to build a shield which could protect an egg from the heat of a blow torch for five minutes, simulating conditions a craft would experience re-entering our atmosphere from space.
The materials used to protect the “egg-stronaut” could not be more than 1/4″ thick. Materials to make their shields were provided, with each material assigned a different value. Students couldn’t “spend” more than 100 credits on their shield.
Students worked as a group to formulate their plan, create their shield, and finally put it to the test. The kids had a great time learning about thermodynamics, and several shields beat the challenge!