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The Science of Safety
The Science of Safety

PostedSaturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:46 PM

Updated09/27/2017

This article demonstrates how an engineering project can be done with second grade students in conjunction with a unit on balance and motion.

Science of Safety is an article I wrote which appeared in the December 2012 issue of Science and Children.

Why read this article?

This article highlights an example of how engineering can be integrated into a second grade unit on balance and motion. It include teacher observations of students and reflections on how the lesson (and similar lessons) can be improved in the future.

This article demonstrates how an engineering project can be done with second grade students in conjunction with a unit on balance and motion.

Science of Safety is an article I wrote which appeared in the December 2012 issue of Science and Children.

Why read this article?

This article highlights an example of how engineering can be integrated into a second grade unit on balance and motion. It include teacher observations of students and reflections on how the lesson (and similar lessons) can be improved in the future.

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Author Jill Jensen
Periodical title Science of Safety: Students explore engineering with model cars and ramps
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  • Beth Cady, National Academy of Engineering

    Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    This is a great article! Have you thought about adding "prices" to the supplies so that the most helpful items would cost more than the less helpful ones? It might be a bit advanced for younger kids, but could be a good way to introduce design under constraint to older students if they also had to think about keeping the total cost of their safety system as cheap as possible. 
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    Jill Jensen, Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science
    Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:22 PM
    Thanks for your suggestion Beth. I think adding costs could be a great addition not only for working under constraints but adding some math skills to their process as well. Older students could also be given the added task of obtaining materials by a ...
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