Groups of students were tasked with working together to build as tall of a hat for The Cat in the Hat as possible. After identifying the problem, students worked through a form of the engineering design process to complete their task. Check out the process below.
Building a Prototype
As educators we know how reading can spark the imagination and tap into a child's natural curiosity. This is where STEM activities, like the one Mrs. Esfandiary and her 1st graders did, can take traditional reading education to the next level; incorporating problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and choice.
Another great example that some Grandview teachers have done is turning the traditional Three Little Pigs story into a science experiment by having student work in groups to build houses and test their durability against the power of the Big Bad Wolf.
In another example students at Belvidere designed contraptions to help the Three Billy Goats bypass the bridge in order to escape the clutches of the Troll.