William F. Prisk Elementary School

Engineering Design

Engineering Design

Engineering

The Engineering in Prisk's STEAM Program

The EiE curriculum integrates engineering with science and improves student understanding of technology.   EiE engineering design challenges show students how what they learn in school connects with the world around them.  Most EiE activities involve small-group work that encourages students to consider more than one solution or idea and work collaboratively.  All EiE curricula develop students’ communication skills and encourage them to share ideas in several ways: speaking, writing, drawing, and building.  EiE’s engineering design challenges engage students in inquiry. As they analyze their own data and make decisions about their designs, students engage with content, hone their critical-thinking skills, and take ownership of their learning.  

Each of the EiE units link directly to a strand of science:  life science,  earth and space science, or physical science.  The steps of  the Engineering Design Process include:

  • ASK: What is the problem? How have others approached it? What are your constraints?

  • IMAGINE: What are some solutions? Brainstorm ideas. Choose the best one.

  • PLAN: Draw a diagram. Make lists of materials you will need.

  • CREATE: Follow your plan and create something. Test it out!

  • IMPROVE: What works? What doesn't? What could work better? Modify your design to make it better. Test it out!

We are excited to continue our journey as a STEAM pathway school.  As part of our continued partnership with the Queen May Foundation, fourth graders visited the venerable Queen Mary in April.  Fourth graders engaged in a comprehensive energy unit.  This multi-disciplinary unit of instruction, designed by classroom teachers, incorporated elements of STEAM instruction, complete with hands-on learning opportunities.  The field trip allowed students to see first-hand the types of energy that they learned in class, as well as the transfer of energy on the grand ship.  The QM Foundation worked in conjunction with our school to design a tour and activities that reinforced the students’ learning in class.  

New this year to our partnership; our fifth graders were able to go on the ship in order to experience an Ellis Island simulation.  The simulation is a hallmark of our fifth grade social studies experience.  Students dressed up as new immigrants to America and went through the process of being processed on Ellis Island.  The staff of the Queen Mary served as the people in charge of processing the students as they came to America to start a new life.  The setting of the Queen Mary served to reinforce the simulation.  

This marks the second year of our partnership with the Queen Mary.  We look forward to many more years of great experiences with the Queen Mary Foundation.

Fifth graders working in the Engineering Lab

VEX Q Robotics at Prisk

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