Rowntree Montessori Schools starts developing future engineers at a young age. Recently, in a grade 2 & 3 class at our Central Park Campus, students worked on an Engineering activity that involved creating a working zip line. Their teacher guided the students through the process of how to build a zip line and then the students were provided with an opportunity to try out their newly acquired skills, while working through the mechanics of this exercise.
Students tried multiple strategies; with trial and error. One particular strategy did not work as planned, so the students concluded that by adding weight to the moving part of their structure, it gave the object the momentum it needed to move. The students were ecstatic when they realized that their creation finally worked! Click here to watch their project in motion.
This Engineering activity was very hands-on and student-led. The grade 2 and 3 teacher was there to guide the students through their experiment, and to lend a helping hand, without providing the students with the solution to their problem. During this activity, students were able problem solve and work together as a team of future Engineers. Rowntree Montessori School students use the methodical Engineering Design Process when tackling such problems.
This learning opportunity allowed the students freedom to create while learning new terms about
science and connecting these words to the real world.