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Manassas Next - Schools Update
As a part of the Manassas Next initiative, we created a "Science and Technology" program for the schools. Not to be outdone, the schools have renamed it "Children's Engineering...:) Hereafter is an update from the School on the program:
What's Happening in Schools and Classrooms?
Baldwin, Dean Weems, Mayfield and Metz have implemented the first engineering project for all of their students through the science teachers. Many teachers opted to do a project called Tall Towers. Working in groups, students must meet the criteria for building the tallest structure possible using only one 8.5 x 11 in sheet of paper and 12 inches of masking tape. Others have begun the technology of pop-up books.
In both projects, students receive a design brief outlining a problem with specific engineering criteria that must be met. Each student restates the problem in her/her own words and creates multiple solutions to the engineering problem. Then the group decides upon an optimal solution. Collaboratively the group creates the solution and tests each criterion. Each group is required to present its unique solution and evaluate the results.
Lego League Clubs create a fun format for learning to solve problems in a collaborative way. This year the4 international organization has chosen the theme Climate Connections. There are two levels of involvement:
We have registered twenty teams for this school year. Three from each elementary school; four from Mayfield and one at Metz.
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