Career and Technical Education Center

Elementary Engineering Night at CTE Center

Apr 12, 2017

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The CTE Center was proud to host the Elementary Engineering Discovery Night on April 6 and 11 for 3rd grade students from Gunstream, Curtsinger, Shawnee Trail and Smith Elementary Schools. The night was funded by the Frisco Education Foundation- Grants for Great Ideas. Engineering Instructors Travis Volk and Ken Strong envisioned the event as a way to engage 3rd grade students in the curiosity about what lies beyond our home planet, what led to the first rocket launches from Earth and the many space exploration missions since. Using simple materials, students experienced theElemEngNight processes involved in engineering a rocket. The students were able to explore with the hands-on materials, communicate their ideas, test their ideas, and draw their own conclusions based on the evidence they gathered. Their experience resembled the work of scientists and engineers and helped them gain an understanding in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. The event also was a way for the High School PLTW engineering students to volunteer to guide the younger students in engineering discovery.

Third grade Gunstream Elementary student, Insiya Juzer is shown above at the Elementary Engineering Night. Insiya's rocket was the highest flying and longest flight. Introduction to Engineering student, Kate Schwed, volunteered at the event.