An Egg-cellent STEM Egg Drop Challenge

By Emily Tucker, STEM Specialist

stem1Prep’s 6th Annual STEM Egg Drop Challenge was a huge success with nearly 50 teams, 40 additional entries, 18 student volunteers, and at least 12 staff members!

Discovery Place Science museum graciously provided tickets to the IMAX Dome Theatre for our contest winners. Students tested their contraptions on the four challenge levels: The Over Easy (picnic table), The Sunny Side Up (6 ft. ladder), the French Omelette (mezzanine window), and The Ultimate Scrambler (Middle School balcony).

As each student successfully navigated a challenge level, they received a sticker. After completing all challenges, participants were awarded a certificate and their choice of a variety of egg-themed prizes.

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Prep Holds Its First-Ever STEM Olympics at Winterfest

STEM-reelBy Emily Tucker, STEM Specialist

As a nod to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which ended Sunday, Charlotte Prep added an Olympic twist to our annual STEM Winterfest event! Prep held its first-ever STEM Olympics on February 8, where over 50 Prep families participated.

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Make Your Own Volcano!

volcanoBy Mandy Dillashaw, First Grade Teacher

Looking for something fun to do with your child over winter break? How about making a volcano! This exciting science experiment is easy to make and fun to do.

The volcano could be made out of clay (it will need to dry before you use it), a mound of dirt from outside, or any type of cup or container. If you use a cup or container, you could build up the clay around it to make it look more like a volcano! If you use a mound of dirt or clay for your volcano, place a plastic cup in the middle; old film containers also work great.

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Looking Toward the Future with The Hour of Code

By Jennifer Stoltz, Technology Integration Specialist

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As parents, we are charged with the daunting task of teaching our children everything we know. But sometimes the world changes faster than we can keep up. We suddenly realize the skills we polished and honed growing up may not meet the needs of our 21st-century offspring. That can be both humbling and intimidating.

That’s why Charlotte Prep is once again joining in one of the largest learning events in history, The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

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Creativity and Innovation On Display at STEM Egg Drop

by Emily Tucker, STEM Specialist

Egg Drop

Charlotte Prep’s 5th Annual STEM Egg Drop Challenge was a huge success! This was our largest Egg Drop to date with nearly 80 entries, as well as many student volunteers, staff, and family members in attendance during the evening of September 27.

Students tested their contraptions on the four challenge levels: the Over Easy (picnic table), the Sunny Side Up (6-ft. ladder), the French Omelette (Mezzanine window), and the Ultimate Scrambler (Middle School balcony).

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