The students have been investigating Structure and Function during our first PLTW unit. We learned about the difference between structure and function; then applied that learning to engineering our own beanstalks, houses and paintbrushes. We read Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs to inspire our designs for beanstalks and houses. Our last activity was to create a device that could be used to transfer paint to a surface. After planning and engineering the products, the students had a chance to test their paintbrushes on the house that we had build in our classroom out of cardboard boxes. This was a wonderful unit that brought fun and inspiration to the class!
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