By Anna Myers, Teague Street Science Teacher
Teague Street Alternative Education began the trimester with an engineering challenge. The project was based on a curriculum from the National Center for Technological Literacy, an initiative of the Museum of Science in Boston. Students took the perspective of a high school student living on a farm. One of her chores was to check the water trough for the animals and fill it when empty. Unfortunately, with the distractions of school, homework and friends, she often forgot, which didn’t please her parents.
Students were tasked with designing a model of a trough which, when empty, would cause a bright light to come on as a reminder to fill it. They were provided with a myriad of supplies including holiday lights, cardboard, bobbins, felt and string, but they also made use of materials around the classroom. There was some brilliant use of rubber balls!
Students worked in groups, and with lots of efforts and trial and error, they modeled three impressive systems. Each design took a unique approach to the problem. Their work showed that Lincoln Academy students are creative and tenacious thinkers!