STEM Projects Bring Fairy Tales to Life

STEM Projects Bring Fairy Tales to Life
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To challenge the minds of third- and fourth-graders, school librarian Marianne Pendlebury has created a new library program that intermingles fairy tales with STEM-related activities.

To kick off the initiative, Ms. Pendlebury recently read the students, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” and then instructed them to work in teams to design 9-inch long bridges that could hold three Billy goats (marshmallows) for 30 seconds. To construct their bridges, students could only use two plastic cups, 30 toothpicks and 15 gumdrops.

Going forward, Ms. Pendlebury plans to provide a STEM-related activity each month, based on a fairy tale she selects.

“These STEM activities challenge students and also opens them up to a variety of fairy tales that they may not have heard before,” said Ms. Pendlebury.