So why has it taken me so long to write about it? Because I had to wait for the egg to come in the mail, and for my son, the addressee, to open it. More on that later. Look at this wall.
|What do eggs have to do with stone walls?|
Not all children love math and science, but the arts can bring them to it, and vice-versa. So STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education is a chance to use their imaginations and creativity in areas that were previously meant for more "serious intellectuals" to study. As a girl I was afraid of performing poorly in science, so I avoided it, which is why I have changed my tune 180 degrees to bring this subject matter to other young learners in forms such as conductive play-doh, magic wands, and motorized, light-up toys.
What a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn more. Our big task was to work with very basic materials to successfully construct a package that could ship an egg or slice of bread to ourselves. My partner was Nina Madore, Flynn School Speech and Language Pathologist.
|At work with our supplies- photo credit to Rebekah Thomas|
Note that tape and glue were not included.
Nina and I prioritized the fact that this package would be mailed, and therefore had to be relatively compliant with USPS regulations, so we decided to build a box.
After much measuring, scoring, and drawing, we made a million tiny snips with our mini scissors and created out little origami masterpiece.
|Here it is, unfolded and open.|
Then Nina, because she is incredibly kind, suggested we address it to my son. Who would not be home for a week. Oh, how that egg would smell in a week if it broke in the package.
|Teams introduced their ideas, and defended their designs|
|This team wanted a package that was largely compostable, and so they avoided plastics.|
Teams had so many cool and different solutions.
So, it got mailed, arrived a few days later, and waited for my boy to come open it. Arriving was an accomplishment itself, and to me the biggest one. It passed USPS guidelines, and didn't come apart in the mail.
|Here it is!|
|Pulling out the inner container- if I could do this again I would have skipped it for the additional challenge.|
|Opening the egg bunker|
|Voila! Intact egg. Whew!|
Imagine if this was what you did all day at school? Not varied or deep enough for you? Consider this project for a child: the math skills, the communication and team-building, the compromise, planning and engineering, fine motor skill exercise, learning to label a package with an address, researching acceptable USPS guidelines, the list goes on.
Now, it is great that it arrived unbroken, but it might have been even more interesting if it had failed, because that's where the real learning happens- what variable could I have changed? Hands-on learning yields such creative problem-solving.