STEAM in Wisconsin (Kiel Technology Education)

– Hi, I’m Andrew. – I’m Nia. – And I’m Chayse. – [Group] And this is our
Kiel Middle School experience. – I would describe technology education as kind of like a problem solving class, cause he’d kinda give us the problem, and then we’d research about it, and find out how to solve it, and then we’d go in an
build it or solve it by ourselves or with a group. – We’re on computers, we’re
finding everything out, we’re drawing things on paper, and then when we get into the room where we actually build stuff, we know what’s going on
and how to work things. – You use a lot of
communication and teamwork, and you also have to think ahead, to how it’s gonna work out in the end. You can’t just put something together, and be like, it’s gonna work. You have to think of all the different pieces that go together. – For the earthquake
project, we first started out by watching a video from other groups, and then we were able to kind of get an idea off of what they did, and then he handed us out a
packet and gave us our groups, and then we did solve the packet, and research a bunch of questions. – We had to build this model, well it’s a structure to
simulate a 15 foot building, that would be somewhere
where earthquakes are prone. And we had to use the balsa wood which is very easily broken. – We had to cut it very precise, so everything would just fit perfectly, and then if our building survived then, from the earthquake simulator, then it would survive, and
then we’d get a good grade. (fast machine vibration) – We made it to eight point
five on the Richter Scale, and our bottom supports came out, and we lost a bunch of wood at the bottom, and then the weight shifted, and then all of it just came down. – My tower did not survive
the earthquake simulator test, because we had an opening at
the top, and one of the plates, one of the metal plates that
we had to put in our tower, it broke through the top, and then it just flew down the tower. And then it took all the other plates out. – For this project we had three cameras. One is a top view, so that you can see how the top plate is effected, cause that’s the hardest
one to stay intact. Then one that shows the front view, so than you can see all the plates, and there’s one that also
shows the Richter Scale and the timing, so that you
can make, then you know, cause then you can see
where then plates fell at the right times, and
then you can use that to make a better project in the
future if you would like to. (metal clanging) – [Group] Ooh! – This class has been really enjoyable because I get to talk to my friends while doing fun things, like building, and doing thing like computers,
and just like, having fun. (upbeat music)

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