On Friday, October 13th, we welcomed around twenty-five 5th grade students from the Chittick Elementary School to campus. First, they learnt all about natural disasters and emergency kits. Working in teams, the students were assigned different natural disasters and brainstormed what they wanted in their emergency kits for the home as well as what they thought the city of Boston should have in their disaster plan. There were a lot of great ideas flying around!
The students then got the chance to think more about flooding disasters and utilise the Engineering Design Process to create a very important piece of personal protective equipment: life jackets!
They were asked to imagine that they had to build this life jacket very quickly with random household items and we quickly discovered it could be quite a challenge indeed. With a little perseverance, every team built their prototype (a small model of the design) and tested it by trying to keep a can afloat. This was a lot of fun and the students were really able to get their creative juices flowing!
After lunch, the students were able to observe an oil spill demonstration! They were able to learn about man-made disasters and different strategies to clean them up. We definitely saw that some strategies worked a lot better than others!
Thank you to Chittick Elementary School for visiting us!