Family Engineering Day – February 20, 2016

Our Family Engineering Day was held on Saturday, February 20th, 2016.  Sixty-five families gathered outside to test their building skills.  Our “architects and engineers” had time to explore building with their families.  After they were given ramps, balls, and marbles and were challenged to work cooperatively with other families to make a new design to achieve the goal of dropping marbles and small balls into a cup at the end of their structure.  Families also wrote about their creations to integrate language arts into this STEAM activity.  The PDF below has photos of the structures and family work samples.  The video shows the photos of the structures that were designed along with actual video footage of the marble ramps. Families also used science process skills to create chain reactions as part of their design.  After completing this 3rd family activity, families were surveyed and 81% reported that after attended the 3 family involvement sessions, their comfort level working on homework completion with their child had improved.

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To view the PDF of the activity, click here.