Elementary Engineers at Work
What is engineering? What are the different kinds of engineers? How has engineering changed our lives? These are some of the questions that students at Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) have been investigating during the first part of the school year. Through reading, research experiments and discussions, and experts coming into the classrooms, students were able to find answers to these questions.
On October 24th, students shared and showed their work to families and the community. Students in 4K and Kindergarten learned about structural engineering and built amazing structures during this time.
Students in first and fourth grade learned about flight. They explained the four forces (lift, drag, thrust and gravity) that affect flight. During the presentations, they had runways set up in the gymnasium for testing and calculating the best flights.
Second grade students used the information they learned about stored and kinetic energy to build a roller coaster across the entire classroom.
Third grade students practiced using the Engineering Design Process to create, test, and redesign paper boats and a zip-line carrier. During presentations, they shared their designs and gave guests the opportunity to create their own zip line carrier.
Fifth grade students connected how engineering has affected the history of America, focusing specifically on the American Revolution.