Walker, Clark students “kid-test” UVA Engineers’ designs

UVA student engineers test designs with Walker 5th grade students.UVA Engineering first-year students from Professor Gregory C. Lewin’s engineering courses  recently visited Walker Upper Elementary School for a full day of design tests with fifth-grade students.

The designs were interactive educational activities that align with Virginia Standards of Learning for science, technology, engineering, and math. 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.

Meanwhile, kindergarteners and fourth graders from Clark Elementary visited the engineering design lab in UVA’s Rice Hall to put other designs to the test.

UVA Engineering Professor Reid Bailey tasked his students with designing STEM-related educational games and devices for young children. 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.

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