Engineering 2nd Grade @ Greenbrook

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process.  They learned that engineers think creatively about solving problems and responding to challenges that exist in our world.  Students also learned that engineers follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to solve these problems:  Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.

Students began the cycle with a quick challenge in which they constructed a square and a triangle from marshmallows and toothpicks.  Students tested the strength of each shape and found that the triangle could withstand more pressure than the square.  Next, the students constructed a pyramid from the same materials and tested the strength of the pyramid.

Students were presented with a challenge to engineer a house (made from recycled materials) for the fourth little pig. The house would need to withstand the gusts of the Big Bad Wolf. Before beginning their design, students reviewed the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We discussed and compared materials used in each of the three designs from the story.  We then related this to the construction of our own homes and the importance of having a strong and sturdy design to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Challenge:  Using what you know about shapes, create a house that will protect the fourth little pig. The house must meet the following criteria:

• The house must be large enough for the fourth little pig.

• It must be made from recycled materials.

• The house must have an entrance.

• The house must withstand the wind gusts generated by the Big Bad Wolf.

Materials: toothpicks, craft sticks, pasta (linguine), paper clips, straws, tape, cardboard, marshmallows, chenille stems, and scissors

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, students worked in teams to complete the challenge.

Designs:

 

On the last day, students presented their solutions and reflected on their work.  As a group, they defined what it means to be an engineer, and the character traits needed to be successful.

Engineering 2nd Grade @ Brunswick Acres

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process.  They learned that engineers think creatively about solving problems and responding to challenges that exist in our world.  Students also learned that engineers follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to solve these problems:  Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.

Students began the cycle with a quick challenge in which they constructed a square and a triangle from marshmallows and toothpicks.  Students tested the strength of each shape and found that the triangle could withstand more pressure than the square.  Next, the students constructed a pyramid from the same materials and tested the strength of the pyramid.

Students were presented with a challenge to engineer a house (made from recycled materials) for the fourth little pig. The house would need to withstand the gusts of the Big Bad Wolf. Before beginning their design, students reviewed the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We discussed and compared materials used in each of the three designs from the story.  We then related this to the construction of our own homes and the importance of having a strong and sturdy design to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Challenge:  Using what you know about levers and gravity, create a container for a dog treat that dispenses the treat. The house must meet the following criteria:

• The house must be large enough for the fourth little pig.

• It must be made from recycled materials.

• The house must have an entrance.

• The house must withstand the wind gusts generated by the Big Bad Wolf.

Materials: toothpicks, craft sticks, pasta (linguine), paper clips, straws, tape, cardboard, marshmallows, chenille stems, and scissors

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, students worked in teams to complete the challenge.

Designs:

 

On the last day, students presented their solutions and reflected on their work.  As a group, they defined what it means to be an engineer, and the character traits needed to be successful.

Engineering 2nd Grade @ Brooks Crossing

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process.  They learned that engineers think creatively about solving problems and responding to challenges that exist in our world.  Students also learned that engineers follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to solve these problems:  Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.

Students began the cycle with a quick challenge in which they constructed a square and a triangle from marshmallows and toothpicks.  Students tested the strength of each shape and found that the triangle could withstand more pressure than the square.  Next, the students constructed a pyramid from the same materials and tested the strength of the pyramid.

Students were presented with a challenge to engineer a house (made from recycled materials) for the fourth little pig. The house would need to withstand the gusts of the Big Bad Wolf. Before beginning their design, students reviewed the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We discussed and compared materials used in each of the three designs from the story.  We then related this to the construction of our own homes and the importance of having a strong and sturdy design to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Challenge:  Using what you know about shapes, create a house that will protect the fourth little pig. The house must meet the following criteria:

• The house must be large enough for the fourth little pig.

• It must be made from recycled materials.

• The house must have an entrance.

• The house must withstand the wind gusts generated by the Big Bad Wolf.

Materials: toothpicks, craft sticks, pasta (linguine), paper clips, straws, tape, cardboard, marshmallows, chenille stems, and scissors

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, students worked in teams to complete the challenge.

Designs:

 

On the last day, students presented their solutions and reflected on their work.  As a group, they defined what it means to be an engineer, and the character traits needed to be successful.

Engineering 2nd Grade @ Cambridge

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process.  They learned that engineers think creatively about solving problems and responding to challenges that exist in our world.  Students also learned that engineers follow the steps of the Engineering Design Process to solve these problems:  Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.

Students began the cycle with a quick challenge in which they constructed a square and a triangle from marshmallows and toothpicks.  Students tested the strength of each shape and found that the triangle could withstand more pressure than the square.  Next, the students constructed a pyramid from the same materials and tested the strength of the pyramid.

Students were presented with a challenge to engineer a house (made from recycled materials) for the fourth little pig. The house would need to withstand the gusts of the Big Bad Wolf. Before beginning their design, students reviewed the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We discussed and compared materials used in each of the three designs from the story.  We then related this to the construction of our own homes and the importance of having a strong and sturdy design to withstand extreme weather conditions.

Challenge:  Using what you know about shapes, create a house that will protect the fourth little pig. The house must meet the following criteria:

• The house must be large enough for the fourth little pig.

• It must be made from recycled materials.

• The house must have an entrance.

• The house must withstand the wind gusts generated by the Big Bad Wolf.

Materials: toothpicks, craft sticks, pasta (linguine), paper clips, straws, tape, cardboard, marshmallows, chenille stems, and scissors

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, students worked in teams to complete the challenge.

Designs:

 

On the last day, students presented their solutions and reflected on their work.  As a group, they defined what it means to be an engineer, and the character traits needed to be successful.

Engineering 2nd Grade @ Indian Fields

Students began the cycle with a quick challenge in which they constructed a square and a triangle from marshmallows and toothpicks.  Students tested the strength of each shape and found that the triangle could withstand more pressure than the square.  Next, the students constructed a pyramid from the same materials and tested the strength of the pyramid.

Students were presented with a challenge to engineer a house (made from recycled materials) for the fourth little pig. The house would need to withstand the gusts of the Big Bad Wolf. Before beginning their design, students reviewed the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We discussed and compared materials used in each of the three designs from the story.  We then related this to the construction of our own homes and the importance of having a strong and sturdy design to withstand extreme weather conditions.  

Challenge:  Using what you know about shapes, create a house that will protect the fourth little pig. The house must meet the following criteria:

• The house must be large enough for the fourth little pig.

• It must be made from recycled materials.

• The house must have an entrance.

• The house must withstand the wind gusts generated by the Big Bad Wolf.

Materials: toothpicks, craft sticks, pasta (linguine), paper clips, straws, tape, cardboard, marshmallows, chenille stems, and scissors

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, students worked in teams to complete the challenge.

Designs:

On the last day, students presented their solutions and reflected on their work.  As a group, they defined what it means to be an engineer, and the character traits needed to be successful.

Cycle 3 ~ Language Arts & Digital Communication

Cycle 3 focused on Language Arts & Digital Communication.  Second grade students read and analyzed a traditional fairy tale and a fractured fairy tale. They learned about point of view, and how it impacts the ways in which stories are told.  After reading both versions, students were text detectives and searched for evidence in both texts to determine who was the real antagonist.  The students recorded their supporting evidence on a graphic organizer.  Using information gained from reading, the students used “Google Drawing” to create Wanted posters for the antagonist.  Check out their Wanted posters and help us convict the characters of their crimes!

Brunswick Acres

Allan

Anika

Chisom

Gabriela

Pranjal

Savanah

Somil

Brooks Crossing

Aahana

Anagha

Cadence

Difan

Irenov

Jaelyn

Prisha

Radha

Sidney

Cambridge

Aanya

Ashleigh

Dripta

Garv

Jack

Medha

Stuti

Svetina

Constable

Akosua

Eesha

Ganeshan

Nicholas

Sarina

Sophia

Tanishka

Vikram

Greenbrook

Anika

Anish

Farzan

Katie

Natalie

Prathika

Rakshana

Siri

Zara

Indian Fields

Aidan

Aryan

Philipa

Sahana

Suahni

Tanvi

Zain

Veda

Monmouth Junction

Aarohi

Angelina

Anika

Avani

Mira

Rohan

Monmouth Junction Engineering

During this cycle, the students learned about 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 Second Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge.

The students began the cycle with a quick challenge:  The Toothpick and Gumdrop Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using toothpicks and gumdrops.

Materials:  20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops

  

  

  

   

 

The students were then presented with another challenge: The Marshmallow Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using pasta that can support a marshmallow.

Materials:  1 large marshmallow, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape, and 20 pieces of spaghetti

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.

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

The students took all the pictures above using the iPads.

Brunswick Acres Engineering

During this cycle, the students learned about 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 Second Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge.

The students began the cycle with a quick challenge:  The Toothpick and Gumdrop Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using toothpicks and gumdrops.

Materials:  20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops

          

The students were then presented with another challenge: The Marshmallow Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using pasta that can support a marshmallow.

Materials:  1 large marshmallow, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape, and 20 pieces of spaghetti

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.

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

The students took all the pictures above using the iPads.

Brooks Crossing Engineering

During this cycle, the students learned about 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 Second Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge.

The students began the cycle with a quick challenge:  The Toothpick and Gumdrop Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using toothpicks and gumdrops.

Materials:  20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops

    

The students were then presented with another challenge: The Marshmallow Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using pasta that can support a marshmallow.

Materials:  1 large marshmallow, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape, and 20 pieces of spaghetti

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.

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

The students took all the pictures above using the iPads.

Constable School Engineering

During this cycle, the students learned about 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 Second Graders used the Design Process to complete a challenge.

The students began the cycle with a quick challenge:  The Toothpick and Gumdrop Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using toothpicks and gumdrops.

Materials:  20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops

   

  

   

  

  

The students were then presented with another challenge: The Marshmallow Challenge

Challenge:  To build a tall, freestanding structure using pasta that can support a marshmallow.

Materials:  1 large marshmallow, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape, and 20 pieces of spaghetti

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.

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

The students took all the pictures above using the iPads.