“Make our Imagination come to Life”: The engineering process
The line make our imagination come to life is from a 2nd grader this morning when asked why they were working on building windmills.
The local science museum was finishing a windmill experience using the engineering design cycle. They are talking about the numbers of windmill arms and size of the paddles and how fast they spin. Today was a day to change their model to improve it and make the final test.
In the middle of that great fun we had upset kids, kids who would not work with partners, kids who just sat and a little one who was not sure where she would be living when she went home today.
Slowly but surely the kids began to work and develop new ideas. By the end they were discussing why things went faster, what changes did they make to improve the speed of the windmills, how was their work like mechanical engineers, and what is the difference between the little windmills and the great big ones we might see out on in a farm field?
All of it is about engaging with hands on materials, great questions and patiences to listen even when the bodies are moving and emotions are swinging in lots of directions.
Teachers are amazing as the help students navigate the learning and the issues of life. It is such hard work but so important.
We finished the morning with my helping the kids bind their personal stories for an authors tea for next week.
Living in the classroom with 2nd graders – always offering a bit of wonder!