The second grade class at Saint Leo the Great School, led by their teacher Ann Colucci, had their most recent STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) challenge based on the book, “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
“Oh no! Jack has done it again. He can’t resist magic beans, and he is once again being pursued by the giant. The giant, having learned from past mistakes, has lined the beanstalk with barbed wire. Jack needs another plan of escape.”
For the design challenge, the students built a parachute for Jack, to help escape the giant. They used a variety of building materials. Students had to make the best use of the materials at hand.
Once the parachutes were created, the students went outside to do their experiments to find out whether or not they were successful in having Jack escape the giant. It was great fun!