Distance Learning Opportunities

 For the week of :   April 21sr-27th:


     Tower Building

This week, we will continue to learn about engineering.  We will focus on

tower building.

A tower is a tall, narrow building, either freestanding or forming part of a building such as a church or castle.

As always, you can email me your

work, and I love to see what

you are doing.  Have a wonderful


Stay creative!

Friday Field Trip:

This week, pick a video below to more about some famous towers.  First is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.  The second is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy.  

Welcome to the STEAM Lab. Redwood Preparatory STEAM Lab is a place for students to learn, explore and create.  Students use the design process to study the STEAM concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Most projects are taught in a hands-on, project based learning style.  
My website is updated with new activities each Wednesday evening.  Activities follow along with in-class units.


Click here to learn how to draw two types of towers.  With the primary draw, you will learn how to draw the Eiffel Tower.  The directed draw will teach you to draw sky scrapers.

Build a tower out of straws.  How high can you make it?  Will it go to the moon?

Can you build a tower that will hold a book?  Give it a try?  How many books can it hold?

Go outside and collect some twigs and small sticks.  Build a tower with them.  How high can you build it?  Measure it with a ruler.

A biscuit is what the British call a cookie.  Can you build a tower of cookies?  

Maker Challenge:

Design and Build a Castle.


Design and create a castle.  Make sure your castle has at least one tower.  

Click the link below to watcha video to get some ideas for your castle.


1. Where will you build your castle and what will you use to build it?  Some ideas are cardboard, blocks, and rocks.

2.  Draw a blueprint or diagram of your plans.  Remember that you can build it out of whatever you want.  Get creative!

3. Use a ruler to measure the width and heights of your castle.  Record those measurements on your blueprint.​

Have fun!  Be creative and stay curious.

Read Alouds:

Click on a button below to listen to some interesting stories about towers.

Things to Remember About Maker:

--Through Maker, students work on problem solving skills, critical thinking skills, independence, and creativity.

--This is their creation.  Let them take the lead.

--Let them fail.  It's how we learn and become adaptable.

--Making is easier if they design (draw) what they are going to make first.

-- Do not solve their problems.  Offer suggestions and options.

--Teach them to use tools such as a hot glue gun, scissors, pliers, etc.  They use all these tools in the STEAM Lab.

--Collect a box of maker supplies.  Some ideas include cardboard, foil, fabric scraps, craft wire, craft sticks.  There are endless possibilities.

--Have fun. There are no mistakes in Maker and Art. 

Hi!  I'm Lori Head.  I am the STEAM teacher at Redwood Prep.  In 2018, we started the STEAM Lab.  I have to admit it is my dream job.  I love helping the kids learn new things and seeing their excitement about their world.  My classroom in often loud, always a bit messy and full of fun and learning.   

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