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Second Graders Tackle Engineering Challenge Problems

Posted on: March 8, 2017

Students in Mrs. Pierce’s classroom recently spent time building pyramids using toothpicks and marshmallows.  The objective of the task was to design the tallest and strongest pyramid.  Students were divided into small groups and were given approximately 20 minutes to complete the project.  The assignment was part of a series of “Engineering Challenge Problems” being utilized in both Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Moore’s second grade classrooms this year as part of Liberty’s emphasis on STEAM activities.  Students are asked to use the Engineering Design Process in completing their tasks.  The process starts with students asking a question (defining a problem to solve), imagining a variety of solutions, developing a plan, creating a response, and improving the product.  Students really enjoy the challenges and are not only learning basic engineering concepts, but also are learning how to work as a team and listen to other’s ideas.  Students are actively engaged in the activities and are excited to solve the problems.