Saklan’s 3rd graders recently learned about the Engineering Design Process: a step-by-step guide that engineers use to solve problems. The engineering design process has six stages:
1. Ask — Identify a problem, then ask questions to understand it better.
2. Imagine — Brainstorm ideas on how to solve the problem.
3. Plan — Choose one idea and plan how to create the solution.
4. Create — Acquire any necessary materials and create the solution.
5. Test — See if the solution works by collecting and analyzing data, and evaluating strengthens and weaknesses.
6. Improve — Make adjustments to improve the solution, then test it again.
The class applied these ideas while completing a STEM challenge of trying to build a bridge made out of only pennies that was at least 3 centimeters tall and wide, and was strong enough to hold a LEGO mini figurine. Check out their creations below!