Kramer Lane Elementary School
1 Kramer Lane
Plainview, NY 11803
PRINCIPAL: Ms. Kerri McCarthy
In the News
Grade 3 Students Set Sail in STEM Raft Activity
On October 27, 2016, students in Mr. Arettines' Grade 3 class completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activity to enhance their study of buoyancy in Science. The purpose of this activity was to determine whether a raft with a larger sail or smaller sail would move faster in a tub of water using a hand-held fan. After an interactive SMART Board introduction, the students worked in cooperative learning groups. Colored illustrations on a laminated Lego activity placard guided students step-by-step in constructing their raft. Students built the Lego raft with a smaller sail and then put the raft into a tub of water and turned on the fan to see how fast the raft would go. Then, the students tried the larger sail using the same procedure. The students learned that the raft with the larger sail was able to catch more of the moving air. After completing the experiment, students worked on their Google Chromebooks to solve problems involving "area". Students also learned what makes an experiment a "fair test" through discussion on constants and variables in the experiment. They also had to think of what could be changed in the given experiment to make a raft travel even faster. The students had a wonderful time completing this STEM activity!
STEAM Museum Visits Kramer Lane
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, Kramer Lane's gymnasium was transformed into a hands-on museum for the students. This was a state-of-the-art, hands-on museum focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education. The students had fun at the various workstations to augment classroom lessons and to expose them to high-tech fields of study. Workstations included 3D Printing, Ozobot Workshop, Structures, Gears, Bike Generator, Friction Raceway, Newton's Cradle, Pythagorean Wheel, Build an Arch, and Big Trax. It was a fun and super learning opportunity for everyone involved!