An innovative engineering course allows students to improve tech skills while tackling interesting challenges.
In Gianna Nettl’s Engineering By Design class in Little Falls, New York, students tackled a challenging assignment. They had to stack cups – but without using their hands.
The solution to the problem included building a device to solve the problem. Students worked repeatedly on devices to improve efficiency and ease of use.
A major goal of the Engineering By Design class is to encourage middle school students to find creative solutions to problems. The half year required course is part of the district technology initiative.
“It’s 21st century learning,” said district Superintendent Keith Levatino.
Over the summer, science and technology teachers attended a four day workshop to plan the incorporation of the Learning By Design class into the district curriculum, and make it appropriate for different grade levels.
“The training was very in-depth,” said Netti.
Student will cover topics such as system designs, transportation systems, marketing, green building, and how to solve environmental problems.