Students who have participated in the 1st Grade Engineering Cycle have learned about different types of bridges, Engineering, and the Engineering Design Process. They learned that Engineers are creative problem solvers and there are many different engineering jobs. The students also learned the steps of the Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, the students worked on the challenge in small groups. The groups shared their ideas, solutions and reflected on their work. Part of the challenge involved taking on the real challenges an engineer faces and having to work within constraints or limits. The first graders had to work in material, budget, and time constraints. Through this challenge the student engineers learned the character traits needed to be a successful engineer. We also did some research and learned about bridges and what makes them strong. The students took pictures using an iPad or iPhone. First graders who have participated in this cycle will bring home a special code to view the photos of their creations. For more engineering ideas and websites please visit- blogs.sbschools.org/gandt

# Author Archives: Ms. Czyzyk

# Language Arts and Digital Communication

Cycle 3 focused on Language Arts & Digital Communication. First grade students examined the elements of a story and identified key features of a text. The students read a book and used the story elements to help them create a book review. They then formed an opinion about the books and used that opinion to give a rating. After writing a book review, the students used the app “Wixie” to record their book reviews. These recordings were then turned into QR codes that their classmates could scan to hear their book reviews. Check out their projects and see if their book reviews convince you to read their book!

**Brooks Crossing**

**Cambridge **

**Constable**

**Deans School**

**Greenbrook**

**Indian Fields School**

**Monmouth Junction**

# Engineering at Greenbrook School

During this cycle, the students learned about different types of bridges, Engineering, and the Engineering Design Process. They learned that Engineers are creative problem solvers. The students also learned the steps of the Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. The First Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, the students worked on the challenge in small groups. The groups shared their ideas, solutions and reflected on their work. Through this challenge the student engineers learned the character traits needed to be a successful engineer. The students took the pictures above using an iPad or iPhone. Click on the photos to make them larger.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Engineering at Constable School

During this cycle, the students learned about different types of bridges, Engineering, and the Engineering Design Process. They learned that Engineers are creative problem solvers. The students also learned the steps of the Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. The First Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, the students worked on the challenge in small groups. The groups shared their ideas, solutions and reflected on their work. Through this challenge the student engineers learned the character traits needed to be a successful engineer. The students took the pictures above using an iPad or iPhone. Click on the photos to make them larger.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Engineering at Brooks Crossing School

During this cycle, the students learned about different types of bridges, Engineering, and the Engineering Design Process. They learned that Engineers are creative problem solvers. The students also learned the steps of the Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve. The First Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, the students worked on the challenge in small groups. The groups shared their ideas, solutions and reflected on their work. Through this challenge the student engineers learned the character traits needed to be a successful engineer. The students took the pictures above using an iPad or iPhone. Click on the photos to make them larger.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Engineering at Monmouth Junction School

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Engineering at Cambridge School

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Brunswick Acres Engineering

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Deans Engineering

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **

# Indian Fields Engineering

**CHALLENGE** (ASK- What is the problem?)- To design and build a bridge for the gnomes. The bridge must hold the weight of 4 gnomes and 1 wheelbarrow filled with vegetables. This is equal to the weight of 3 crayons.

**IMAGINE-** Brainstorm solutions. Design a bridge on the gnome village and town page.

**PLAN-**Share your idea with your team. Pick one idea that your team wants to try first. Materials: Make a list of materials you would like to use to create your bridge design.

**CREATE-**Follow your plan and create it.

For more engineering ideas and websites please visit-** blogs.sbschools.org/gandt **