Third graders in Mrs. Bentley’s class learned about severe weather and how engineers work to design ways to keep buildings and people safe during different types of severe weather.
One activity we did was designing ways to keep a house and its roof from blowing away in a windstorm. Students had to build their paper houses and create a wind maker from paper. Then they were given some materials such as extra paper, toothpicks, paper clips, and stickers and had to use these materials to design their windproof house. They made a plan for their first design, tested it out, and then made adjustments for a second design.
It was a whirlwind afternoon, and students learned a lot about engineering and ways to stay safe in severe weather situations!