K – Students learn about being “green” by determining the most environmentally friendly path for a delivery truck to take in a fictional community.
1 – Students learn about forces by experimenting with gravity and mass in order to help the Three Little Pigs use a sled to get away from the Big Bad Wolf.
2 – Students learn about the properties of materials as they work to engineer a mat for their fictional puppy to wipe his/her paws off after playing outside.
3 – Students learn about the uses of magnets as the design a fish tank cleaner. Students work as chemical engineers to design a play dough recipe.
4 – Students use a robotics program to build and program Lego models. Students work as geotechnical engineers to choose the best location within a fictional community to build a bridge. Students work as a team to explore how circuits work and what materials conduct electricity.
5 – Students design and test straw rockets to determine the most effective design. Students work as aerospace engineers to design a parachute that will work on a different planet. Students work as a team to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion with Lego cars and ramps.
6 – Students work as biomedical engineers to design a knee brace for an injured friend. Students work as a team to explore the fascinating human body.
**Special materials were purchased from a company called PITSCO that will be used by Grades 4-6 in the STEM classroom, as well as specialized STEM-based physical education equipment for Grades K-4. Schools will have the ability to video conference with other schools within the NFCSD, and in other countries.
Engineering is Elementary:
The District has adopted the award-winning curriculum “Engineering is Elementary®” (EiE®) for students in grades 3-6, a project of the National Center of Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. The hands-on, inquiry-based program developed with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), major corporations, and foundations, EiE was one of the first programs chosen by Change the Equation as part of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve STEM education. The class-room tested 20-unit curriculum meets both state and federal academic standards.