The Covington After-school STEM Club is hosted by Ms. Jodi Casto. Here you can see weekly hands–on activities, club officers, and pictures of our students having fun in the afterschool classroom.
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Lesson 3: "This week, we introduced the topic of minerals. We started off with showing the kids "fake gold". They were very interested in it until we revealed it was fake, leading into our lesson of how to magnify minerals. We taught the kids vocabulary and reviewed our lessons until we had them magnify six different minerals to know their properties and names. The kids really engaged with this activity and even ended up getting all the names right. We ended the lesson with an experiment on how vinegar reacts with a mineral and how a blacklight can show some special properties on an illuminated mineral, leaning into our quiz. "
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Lesson 5: "We introduced the topic of gravity in space. We started off by introducing the experiment of spinning a washer and looking at the rotation speed. We then used the online space simulation, which the kids thoroughly enjoyed. They had a blast doing it and loved seeing how the planets would change directions. We then finished up our topic and the kids got to show off what they know!"
Lesson 6: "My partner and I introduced the topic of space engineering and how astronauts work in space. We started by showing the kids a video on the Hubble Space Telescope and having them complete a worksheet on it. We then had four stations made where the kids rotated between all of them. They really enjoyed the water filter one and the one about memory foam. They had a blast doing four activities in one lesson and were able to fill out their worksheets as well. We ended with a quiz and got them excited for the competition!"