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Young Engineers Get the Message at Birch Lane

Trapped on a deserted island, fifth-graders at Birch Lane Elementary School knew that their only way of getting rescued was to get out a message in a bottle. That was the premise for the first activity in the Desert Island STEAM Challenge.

 Magnet and STEAM teacher Kelsey Downey gave students a limited supply of materials including aluminum foil, plastic wrap, a toilet paper roll, a small cup, straws and a few other items to build waterproof creations. Students wrote messages which they placed inside the 5-inch to 7-inch long containers. Groups that successfully completed the challenge saw their bottles float for at least 30 seconds and kept the messages dry inside.

 For future activities in the Desert Island STEAM Challenge, student will build bridges, catapults and huts.