Materials Engineers in the Making

Our first engineering challenge of the school year has launched. Over the past two weeks Mrs. C at North Charleston Elementary has introduced her first grade class to materials engineering, the design process, and challenged them to build a model wall.

Mortar Materials TestBefore building their walls students had the opportunity to explore and test different types of materials used in mortar. Then students worked in teams to plan a mortar mixture and wall design.

1st grader building model wall

As students began building, Mrs. C noticed that their excitement got the better of them, as they rushed to slap their walls together forgetting well-laid out plans and class discussions. However, engineers learn from their mistakes. After testing their walls, students discussed ways they could improve their designs. A second day of construction allowed students the opportunity to implement their improvements and retest their constructions.

1st graders build model wall