I gave my students this challenge: create a bridge for the gnomes that can stand on its own and can carry 2 gnomes. Their enthusiasm was overwhelming!! After showing them slides of bridges to inspire and spark discussion, my first graders immediately set to work designing their gnome bridges. When I told them that they would actually be building the bridges - they were literally shouting with joy! They were so excited to come to science class every week - it was so wonderful to see. Here are some of their fantastic creations:
I am so proud of them and their creativity never ceases to amaze me! They experienced the engineer's design process first-hand:
-identify the problem
-build a prototype
-test, evaluate & redesign.
For a freebie on the engineering design process, click here. To pick up a copy of my Gnomes Engineering packet, click here or on the picture below: