Discovery Lab Recycled Materials

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Dear Family,

Our class will be working on engineering units all year long, which are a part of the Engineering is Elementary (EIE) curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. EIE is a curricular program that integrates the science students are already learning in elementary school with engineering design.

There are many reasons to introduce children to engineering in elementary school:

· Engineering projects integrate other disciplines. Engaging students in hands-on, real-world engineering experience can enliven math, science, and other content areas.

· Engineering fosters problem-solving skills, including problem formulation, iteration, and testing of alternative solutions.

· Children are fascinated with building and with taking things apart to see how they work. By encouraging these explorations in elementary school we can keep these interests alive. Describing their activities as “engineering” when children are engaged in the natural design process can help them develop positive associations with engineering, and increase their desire to pursue such activities in the future.

· Engineering and technological literacy are necessary for the 21st century. As our society increasingly depends on engineering and technology, our citizens need to understand these fields.

Because engineering projects are hands-on, materials are often required. Several materials necessary to this unit are listed below. If you have any ore these materials available, lease consider donating them to the class.

If you have expertise about the science, field of engineering, or the country highlighter, or have any general questions or comments about the engineering and design unit we are about to begin, please let me know!

Thanks! Ms. White :)

If you have any of the following materials available and would like to donate them to the class, I would greatly appreciate it! Please send them to school with your child. If the material at one time contained food or drink, please wash them out before bringing them to school.

  • Yogurt or other plastic containers
  • toilet paper tubes/paper towel tubes
  • milk jugs, soda bottles
  • cardboard boxes (cereal or various sizes)
  • corks from bottles
  • bottle caps
  • buttons
  • plastic/paper cups and plates - all sizes
  • yarn/string/thread
  • old cds/dvds that are scratched and cant be used
  • straws
  • hangers
  • pipe cleaner