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Young Engineers

Second-graders from Morse took on the role of engineers when they built model bridges with their classmates.

Throughout the year, the students read about bridges, studied different designs and planned how they would build their own bridge with their teams. The project is part of a STEAM unit combining Science, Technology, English, and Mathematics. All the bridges had to conform to a height requirement and support weight.

The unit also encompassed the theory of “push and pull”  and concepts from social studies.

Teacher Brenda Sutherland  explained, “The students learned about bridges that exist all over the world, how they were built and how the landscape has changed over time.”

The students discovered how to work creatively and adjust their plans along the way.

“We tried to make it strong,” said Maddie Halpin. “We taped Popsicle sticks together and added an extra layer.”