This week the students will have the opportunity to participate in a STEM challenge. Flex days are built into our Mission to Mars simulation to provide a “change of scenery” and to expose students to topics in which they have expressed interest. During our most recent student-interest survey, students indicated that they would enjoy opportunities for building, creating, and competition!
During this week's challenge each engineering team will attempt to build the tallest free-standing structure possible with only the materials provided. Free-standing means that the structure cannot be held, taped, or wedged between tables. This activity will reinforce real-world skills and concepts such as design, problem-solving, team work, and project planning. Just like real engineers, our seminar students will have to create their tower with limited resources and surprise setbacks! This activity will help students recognize the planning and constraints that real engineers face. It will also help them to embrace team work and cooperation.
The remaining class time will be used for students to work on their current independent study options such as coding, green screen newscasts, biographies, everyday mysteries, etc.