Playing with Blocks: Engineering at an Early Age
Jenny Ottinger was touched that project official spoke with the little ones at her school.
“They did a presentation and talked about what a bridge is, and what they’re doing in the river, and where the name came from,” Ottinger, Educational Coordinator at Mt. Vernon Head Start, said.
That the early December presentation included hands-on materials was perfect for the four-and-five-year olds. “We have a lot of blocks and magnet tiles that we build with, and this adds a new challenge: how to build over a body of water,” she said.
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Learning about the new bridge came at a perfect time for 2nd- and 3rd-grade students at Richard P. Connor Elementary School. Project officials visited their classes in December to talk about the bridge’s history, why the state is building a new one and how engineers work together on the project.
Third graders were reading Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting, the story of Robert’s father, who is helping build the Golden Gate Bridge. Second graders were studying the science unit called “To Get to the Other Side,” which explores civil engineering, push/pull forces, balance and motion.
Their presentation included materials needed to build a bridge, including the heavier-than-it-looks rebar sample, and reinforced the grades’ lesson plans.
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