Second Grade Design Challenge-Trimester 1

Students were presented with the challenge to design a ship that would be able to carry a predetermined cargo weight.  During a unit of study on the analysis of people, events and developments that bring important changes to a community, students looked at information and data that influenced change.   They made connections between the Pilgrims in America and the hardships in England that led them to the New World.  Students’ experiences with the design challenge provided opportunity to apply specific math skills to boat building, and helped to develop empathy for, and understand the impact of, this small but powerful group of people.