May the force be with you.

Kindergarten is completing a project-based lesson from PLTW where three friends must move a load of rocks from one side of the yard to another in order to build a swing-set there. We studied pushes and pulls, as well as examined Mr. Giunta’s rock collection, and designed/built/tested/evaluated model rock movers. This was our first collaborative engineering challenge in the Science Lab, and the kids did great!

Bower:

Garrett:

Gillespie:

Smith:

Tommasello:

Wall:

Their early work is so derivative of the avant-garde movement of the late 1980's.

To cap off a semester full of learning all about engineering, Kindergarten designed and built their own painting tools (a structure) that could create a variety of lines and shapes (its function)! Keep in mind that the testing phase, our paintings, was to experiment with our tool, not necessarily follow best practices from what they’ve learned with Mrs. McFerrin!

You might be able to use a little water to clean off their painting tools, but I recommend having them think of ways to improve on their design and to create a new one with items from around the house! Take a look at their designs and paintings below!

Smith / Colley:

Bower / Eshelman:

Garrett / Swift:

Wall / Rinehart:

Gillespie / Smith:

I'll HUFF, and I'll PUFF, and I'll.....

Kindergarten students have been using fairy tales to learn more about engineering. In the pictures below, students constructed houses (our structure) that can stand up to a garage fan blowing on them (our function).

Aside: The thumbnail picture for this post is that of the endangered Red Wolf, which isn’t big or bad!

Bower:

Garrett:

Gillespie:

Smith:

Tommasello:

Wall:

We Can Do It!

Kindergarten has been studying a Project Lead The Way lesson on Structure & Function using human body. Following the story of a fictional character who broke her arm, our students created "x-rays" of their hands, did an experiment demonstrating how our fingers work using peg boards, and then designed, built and tested their own casts out of classroom materials. 

Garrett: 

Smith: 

Gillespie: 

Bower: 

Wall: 

Tommasello: 

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Structure & Function in Kindergarten

All year in Kindergarten we've been using fairy tales to learn how to be engineers. In our final big project of the semester we got to make our own story! Using the engineering design process we created our own paintbrushes (our structure) that could paint in many different ways (its function). Take a look at the results below!

Smith: 

Bower: 

Garrett:

Tommasello:

Wall: 

Gillespie:

It's like pigs live here!!

Kindergarten has been learning all about engineers in the Science Lab this month! We read The 3 Little Pigs and designed their very own houses. But beware, the Big Bad FAN is coming to test out how well they did! Here Mrs. Garrett's class shows off there work:

Castles in the Sky

In Kindergarten we are taking something familiar, fairy tales like Jack & The Beanstalk, and using them to introduce something unfamiliar, like principles of engineering. In this case we wanted to see how tall and strong we could build a beanstalk out of pipe cleaners! Below Mrs. Tommasello's and Mrs. Garrett's classes show off their work. 

Grasping the concept of structure and function:

Kindergarten is continuing to investigate structure and function as you can see here with Mrs. Smith's class. Like any good scientist, we recorded before / after data and compared the results of our ability to put pegs in a foam board without and with our fingers taped! Most students saw a decrease in the number of pegs placed. Next we'll look at what doctors use to keep our bones from moving and brainstorm some ways to help our fictional friend Angelina with her broken wrist. 

Give 'em a hand!

Kindergarten is continuing to study how engineers consider structure (shape) and function (job) by examining the human body. Did you know that our fingers each have three bones, but our thumbs only have two? Does this structure change what our hands are able to do?

Mrs. East and Mrs. Colley's class demonstrate the model we made in class to take home.

Paintbrush Test - Garrett

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home! 

Paintbrush Test - Bower

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home!

Paintbrush Test - Gillespie

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home!

Paintbrush Test - East

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home!

Paintbrush Test - Smith

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home!

Paintbrush Test - Wall

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home!

Paintbrush Test - Tommasello

Our Kindergarten students have been studying engineering, structure and function by reading different fairy tales and creating projects from them. After making towers (Jack & the Bean Stalk) and houses (The 3 Little Pigs), it all culminates in designing / creating / testing their own paintbrushes so the stories can continue at home!