The challenge for the students this week was to help save Humpty Dumpty from his great fall off the wall.
The children learned about different gadgets and different modes of air transportation that people use safely. We watched the famous video of Felix Bumgarner jumping off from the edge of space for some real experience inspiration. The children got working, using recycled yogurt cups, construction paper, gift wrapping papers to create their own version of what thought would be the best mode of air transportation to land Humpty Dumpty safely on the ground from his great fall. Two days into designing and adding tape, gluing, and adding few minor details before testing day.
The big day came to test the gadgets, the children used boiled eggs for this experiment. The testing took place outside on the playgroup, climbing up the slide and giving a countdown to release the airplane, hot air balloon, Rocketship, hang gliders and parachutes were among the designs made by the children and tested. Did the children successfully save humpty? - good question, out of 20 eggs, 12 eggs safely landed on the ground without a crack. This eggs-periment learning objective was for the children to use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represented their own ideas, thoughts through design and technology. The challenge was a big step forward, for our future engineers!