This year the 3rd Graders will focus on what it means to Become a Thinker. The goal is for the kids to learn to be strong systems thinkers. First things first, they needed to be sure they understood the Big Ideas of Systems before transitioning into systems thinking.
To do that, the 3rd graders were asked to go through the Engineering process as they designed, built, tested, modified, and tested a Puff Car.
We then connected each of the Big Ideas to our Puff Cars design, reinforcing the difference between a heap and a system.