The next STEM activity of the year required the 3rd grade students to work on their collaboration and communication skills. They also learned some building design basics such as the strength of triangles, and the post and lintel. The task was to work together effectively to build the tallest structure out of play-doh and toothpicks.
To kick the school year off, and to help the students get to know a little about me, the first challenge for 3rd grade was to help me solve my problem of always bending the pages in my books to mark my place when I read. It was a fun activity to introduce them to the idea of engineering as problem solving!