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JKHA Eighth Graders Run Chanukah STEM Carnival

JKHA eighth graders were hard at work running a Chanukah STEM carnival for first through sixth grades. Each booth at the carnival had a Chanukah-themed STEM idea or theme. At one booth, students learned about magnets by creating a magnet controlled spinning dreidel utilizing a paper dreidel attached to a paper clip. There was also a greenscreen photo booth, where students posed for photos with their friends using Chanukah props, and then selected their own Chanukah themed background.

Yet another booth had students attach electrical circuit wires to a computer code that played different Chanukah themed songs. At the binary code booth, students created black and white bracelets of their initials using binary code where one was represented by black and zero represented by white. At the primary color booth, students combined primary colored spinners and spun them to create a new color. Students also engineered marshmallow and toothpick towers and checked to see if they were strong enough to support their chanukiyot. Finally, the Sphero robot ball egg race booth was coded so that each time a robot ball was dropped, it produced a sound and light show. Seventh graders also participated in STEM activities by designing their own dancing dreidel GIF files on a coding program, then made cryptographic encoded Chanukah messages to their friends who then had to decode them.

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