Engineering Week at Liberty Elementary
Ask any student at Liberty Elementary and they can now tell you what it means to be an “engineer.” Last week, our students had the opportunity to work and talk with engineers during three different events. First, volunteers helped everyone walk safely to the downtown library in order to see a special screening of the inspirational film, “Dream Big.” The entire school from Kindergarten through 6th grade braved the cold day to learn what engineers do and how they help create safe structures for communities around the globe.
Then, the next day, more volunteers arrived to help all of our students construct projects that encouraged them to think about what makes something strong and efficient to build. From straw rockets in Kindergarten, to the egg drop in 2nd and 3rd grade, to earthquake-proof buildings in 5th grade, every child had the opportunity to create something unique. In addition, students engaged with the engineers, asking them about their careers and how they had reached their positions.
Finally, that evening, the volunteers returned to show the families what the students had made during the day, let them try their hand at building too, and share information about camps and programs that their children could attend in the future. BYU graduate students put on a “Magic Show,” changing liquids to solids and black liquids to clear. The kids were rapt. The evening ended with a chicken dinner, salad, and cake. We are so grateful to the volunteers – engineers and teachers – who put together these events for our students!
* submitted by Anna Kogan at Liberty Elementary