In STEM club, we have been learning about bridges. Using K’NEX, we have engineered two different types of bridges so far this term: beam bridges and cable-stayed bridges (above).
During our STEM club sessions on Thursday afternoons, we learn about STEM through doing. We have discovered that the strongest shape, especially when building, is a triangle. We are also developing our team work and problem solving skills – such as when we cannot find a piece of K’NEX to fit in where we want it to go, we need to think around the problem so we can substitute it for a different piece, or pieces. Sometimes our constructions and designs don’t work out as we had hoped, but that is all part of the design and engineering process!