It has been working out very well! I made Wednesday our STEM day, and my kiddos look forward to it each time. It has been especially exciting for one of my NES (non-English speaking) students. STEM is so accessible; all I do is say the word and his eyes light up and his whole body quivers!!
Recently we spent a couple Wednesdays working with catapults, talking about forces and motion. We had already finished our study of Energy in science class, so we were able to use that knowledge. On week one, we used catapults that I made a few years ago in a workshop.
Students launched pieces of sponges and measured the distance. It was such a great way to practice measurement skills! Students were very engaged in trying to determine a way to get longer distances, there was so much conversation going on AND great teamwork.
At the end, I told them that next time they would have a chance to make their own catapults. I'll share that experience in another post.