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.
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.
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.
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.