Students have focused on the scientific method but also played with the engineering design process. We took the STEM challenge approach and provided a set amount of materials with is similar design constraint as an introduction.
PK and YK received 20 cups and 20 sticks and were challenged to build the tallest tower and longest road. While all students worked with partners, YK drew individual designs and had a chance to change their prototype to reflect their design.
MK and OK actually worked with CSU Engineering students to design air pressure bottle rockets. Engineering students provided the launcher and guidance for a two week small group design experience. They taught the engineering design process, allowed for common restraints and student design. All groups had a mentor recorded design data and flight distance. The launch was exciting and full of learning!