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A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls


by Carissa Leventis-Cox

$500 total to be divided among the students/semester. Book and materials included.  Maximum of 10 students.

We will be using the Museum of Science in Boston’s Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) curriculum for Grades 1 to 4 to foster engineering and technological literacy.  Our students will learn problem solving, inquiry and innovation through:

  • a storybook of a child in a different country that introduces an engineering problem (includes a lesson in geography)
  • learning to solve a problem similar to that in the storybook
  • a hands-on engineering design challenge that requires science and math
  • create and improve on their designs.

We will start with the unit called A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls.  We will be studying The Great Wall of China, different earth materials, their properties and how they are appropriately used.  Students will learn to create and improve on their own mortar to build a stone wall.

Homework will include fun projects, such as creating their own videos (through Toontastic, Lego Movie, Power Point or other app) to show their understanding of the material and uploading it on youtube to share with the class.

IMPORTANT: there are prerequisites.  Your child must have knowledge of States of Matter, Earth Materials and their Properties.  FOSS Connection: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt must be completed before the first day of class.


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