Fifth grade science dove into the process by which technology is developed and improved. During the engineering process students discovered a problem, researched ways they could solve that problem, and then planned, built and tested their proposed solution. The final step was to communicate the results of their work. Two projects we have enjoyed so far were working with bridges and bubbles!
Students worked in groups to design and build bridges out of popsicle sticks to span a gap of 14”. Bridges must have had a drivable road and hold 10 pounds for thirty seconds. Most groups were successful in meeting these objectives with the strongest bridge holding 90 pounds! Students also have been engineering their own bubble wands. Using a CAD program, students designed what they thought would be the perfect wand design to produce the best bubble. They each then 3D printed their wand and tested how their design worked by blowing bubbles with their classmates.
These fun and exciting projects allowed students to develop their ability to problem solve, work together and create, all while having fun in the classroom.
Mr. Duport, 5th Grade Teacher