Some third graders are learning about STEM in the pumpkin patch.
Students at Hazelton Elementary School look forward to the fall classroom activities, which include learning math, science, language and engineering while working with pumpkins.
Thanks to a federal grant, they took a field trip to Burger’s Farm in Butler Township, Pennsylvania where they explored the pumpkin patch. Then they began exploring the pumpkins they brought back to school.
Measuring, estimating weight and girth, and hollowing out the pumpkins to collect seeds were just some of the activities that engaged the students. They even made pumpkin stands from cardboard, tape, and wooden skewers. The goal was to keep a pumpkin at least 2 inches off the table.
Another activity involved weighing pumpkins and then putting them into a tub of water to see if they floated. One pumpkin was so big it touched the bottom of the tub. Students were encouraged to talk about what happened.
“It just made the water go up,” said Dariel Laureano.
“Why?” asked his teacher, Michelle Zukoski.
“My pumpkin was so big it pushes it down. The water goes up,” Dariel said.