UVA Professor Reid Bailey tasked his students with designing educational games and devices that would teach children about science, technology, engineering, and math. The designs ranged from a marble railway counting game to a JENGA-like game to learn fractions. One of the crowd favorites was a cornhole-like game based on the popular game “Minecraft” where participants earned cannonballs (black hacky sacks) to knock down castles by answering math questions. See photo gallery here.
Meanwhile other UVA Engineering students from Professor Gregory C. Lewin’s engineering courses visited Walker Upper Elementary School for a full day of design tests with fifth-grade students. The designs were interactive educational activities that aligned with STEM SOLs. The activities covered topics like food webs/energy transfer in ecosystems, the seasons and phases of the moon, the solar system, potential and kinetic energy, the symbiosis between bees and flowers, and trophic layers in the oceans. See photo gallery here.
- Moriarty, Megan. “UVA Engineering Students Build STEM-Related Games.” Home – WVIR NBC29 Charlottesville News, Sports, and Weather, 29 Nov. 2018, www.nbc29.com/clip/14701664/uva-engineering-students-build-stem-related-games.
- “Chris Chamberlain – Cville Elementary Students ‘Kid-Test’ UVA Engineering Students’ Designs.” NewsRadio WINA, 1 Dec. 2018, wina.com/podcasts/chris-chamberlain-cville-elementary-students-kid-test-uva-engineering-students-designs/.