Starting Up with STEM!
To kick off the school year, Ms. Daley's class at Shirley Lanham Elementary School of NAF Atsugi, Japan, participated in a fun STEM experiment. To determine the properties of solids, liquids, and gases, students filled balloons with three objects: air, warm water, and cold water (which was later frozen to become a solid). Then, students observed the all three balloons' weight, firmness, and ability to pop. After conducting the experiment the students pleasantly discovered that balloons filled with gases and liquids were the easiest to pop, and the balloons filled with frozen water were the heaviest and least likely to pop. The balloon experiment created an afternoon full of surprises, fun, wonder, and excitement, all of which sparked an interest in scientific exploration and a curiosity for STEM!