Jedi School: A STEM Series

Here is a quick 4-week outline of Jedi School! I got this program idea from a library in Pittsburgh, but quickly found ways to make it bigger.

Week 1: Understanding Planets

  • K-2 Class: Read a non-fiction book about Planets aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about space. Read list of fun facts to them.
    • Craft: Moon Painting. I used bottle caps to make the craters in the painting.
    • Exploration activity 1: Understanding Jupiter (small ball of caked baking soda marbled with food dye placed in a bowl, kids take turns spraying vinegar on the “planet” to make it bubble with a “gaseous atmosphere”).
    • Exploration activity 2: Making craters on the Moon (large bowl of flour mixed with oil. Have kids take turns pressing rocks into the surface to make craters)
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class.
  • Grades 3-5 Class: Read a non-fiction book about Planets aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about space. Read list of fun facts to them.
    • Craft: Create your Jedi worksheet. (I have this somewhere…)
    • Exploration activity 1: Understanding Gravity. 
    • Exploration activity 2: Lava slime. We will need containers to make the slime in, hot water, and containers for the kids to take slime home.
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class.

Week 2: Understanding Stars and Blackholes

  • K-2 Class: Read a non-fiction book about Stars aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about stars. Read list of fun facts to them.
  • Grades 3-5 Class: Read a non-fiction book about Stars and Blackholes aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about space. Read list of fun facts to them.
    • Craft: Galaxy rocks.
    • Exploration activity 1: Research question (in teams). “Which has more gravitational pull: a star or a blackhole?” Leave out books for kids to look through and have them read aloud proof of their findings.
    • Exploration activity 2: Understanding blackholes.
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class.

Week 3: Understanding Force

  • K-2 Class: Read a non-fiction book about force aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about forces. Read list of fun facts to them. Introduce craft. Emphasize that lightsabers will break if used to hit other Jedi‘s and will not be replaced if broken.
    • Craft: Make a lightsaber. (Duct tape and poster board)
    • Exploration activity 1: Practice keeping a balloon in the air with one partner (tape on the ground to keep them separate)
    • Exploration activity 2: Play volleyball with the lightsabers called, “Light Side vs. Dark Side”
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class. (you may not get to this with the game….)
  • Grades 3-5 Class: Read a non-fiction book about the force aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about the force. Read list of fun facts to them.
    • Craft: Popsicle stick catapults with cotton balls.
    • Exploration activity 1: Set up aiming activity and game.
    • Exploration activity 2: If there is time, try to make one large catapult.
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class.

Week 4: All About Droids

  • K-2 Class: Read a non-fiction book about the modern use of robots aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about robots. Read list of fun facts to them.
    • Craft: Make BB-8. 
    • Exploration activity 1: Make a simple circuit. (LED light taped to battery)
    • Exploration activity 2: Make your own robot out of paper to go with simple circuit.
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class.
  • Grades 3-5 Class: Read a non-fiction book about the modern use of robots aloud. Ask kids what fun facts they might know about robots. Read list of fun facts to them.
    • Craft: Design your ideal robot.
    • Exploration activity 1: Circuit board activity.
    • Exploration activity 2: Lego robot-building competition.
    • Finish with a matching game of the fun facts presented at the beginning of the class.

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