Fourth graders have responded to a challenge using STEM technology and their knowledge of adaptive skills, and now students design real tools for soldiers.
Enhancing the soldiers' working environment was the objective, and the students were to design a product that would be relevant for daily life, useful, and adaptive based on animal adaptations. In addition, the product had to be on the "cutting edge" of technology, and really work to keep the soldier and the country safe.
The fourth graders in Christina William's class at Barksdale Elementary school researched different animals and set about to come up with a product that would enhance the soldiers' quality of life. They utilized problem solving skills, creative thinking, and teamwork to make their ideas into designs of real items.