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 kindergarten students used the Design Process to complete a challenge.
The students began the cycle with a quick challenge: The Blocks Tower Challenge
Challenge: To build the tallest, block tower you can. The tower must be able tot stand up on its own without support.
After completing the block tower challenge, the students reviewed the steps they took to respond to the challenge. They also discussed the character traits they needed to be successful.
They were then presented with another challenge: Tall Tower
Challenge: To build a tall tower using only cups and paper.
Materials: 10 sheets of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock paper, several cups that are a variety of sizes.
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.