5th Grade Girls learn about Hurricanes

While studying current events around the world, the fifth-grade girls conducted an experiment with hurricanes. Students learned the science behind a hurricane and the geography of where they occur. We learned about the naming process and the history of the damage of hurricanes. After learning about hurricanes, the girls were put into groups and given a challenge. They were given a piece of cardboard, a roll of tape, twenty-five straws, ten index cards, card stock paper, and scissors. With only the materials given, each group had to build a structure that was eighteen inches tall and could hold a baseball on top. The structure also had to withstand up to a Category 3 hurricane (a box fan). Through trial and error, students learned the importance of having a strong base for their structure. They also learned that the structure could withstand wind differently based on the direction it was facing.