There have been some exciting things happening in STEAM design over the past few weeks. In 7th design students have been learning the importance of bridges in society and how they are built. After doing research on different types of bridges the students designed and built their own bridges with newspaper, which they will upgrade to wooden sticks next week. During this time students learn the engineering process of; identifying the problem, brainstorming, design, testing and evaluating, redesigning if needed and sharing their work. 6th grade started a new project called “the game of life” this is an interdisciplinary project that incorporates engineering, humanities, technology and maths. During this project the students participate in a “Mock” life after college. They are given a city that they will move to and they take a personality quiz to choose a job with a salary. Once the career and apartment are chosen hey must budget their bills and design their apartment floor plan. They are using tools such as, excel for budgeting and Tynkercad for apartment layouts. The purpose of this project is for them to get an understanding of wants and needs as well as what it’s like to earn and spend their own money.