Student building cardboard parabolic bridge puzzle at Making STEM booth

STEAM Maker Fest

 

Student at Making STEM booth completes cardboard parabolic bridge challenge
Student successfully completing the Parabolic Bridge Challenge

Students from all over San Diego gathered at STEAM Maker Fest to get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Students who visited the Making STEM booth were faced with several engineering challenges, designed to help them learn real-world engineering skills. Students and families worked together to build a parabolic bridge using teamwork and problem solving.

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Analyze and Evaluate

To successfully complete the engineering challenge and build the parabolic bridge, students had to analyze the blocks to determine the correct order and orientation.

Student studies bridge blocks to determine correct order and orientation

Students and families worked together to complete the challenge.  Effective communication is critical to success in engineering and life.  Groups who were able to collaborate and communicate built the parabolic bridge efficiently.

Family working together to complete engineering bridge challenge
Parents and students work together to construct the parabolic bridge

 

Family work together to complete Making STEM engineering bridge challenge
Students proudly show off their successful bridge

 

Students high five in front of successful Making STEM parabolic bridge
Working together to solve problems builds friendships

 


Engineering and Creativity:

Students use GeoConnectors to build creative solutions to complex problems.  They use their creativity, to build towers, bridges and sculptures.  To encourage learners to develop authentic problem solving skills they need to have access to open ended building tools.  Faced with engineering design challenges, they can use their creativity to turn their ideas into reality.

Young student building geometric Christmas tree using GeoConnectors
Student focused on building a geometric Christmas tree at Making STEM booth

This team was given the challenge of building a tower that was taller than dad. They worked together to construct a beautiful tower using only 34 pieces.  Their creation was successful in passing the challenge and also included a 3-sided symmetry to make it beautiful.

Father and daughter show of their engineering tower
Working together they complete the challenge to “Build a tower taller than dad”

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