After we talked a bit about what bridges are and the importance of bridges, we talked about Legos. Most of the kids had played with Legos before, so I didn't have much explaining to do. They excitedly told me about constructing buildings, animals, houses.
Next I had the kids partner up to design a bridge. I gave each pair a large sheet of paper and access to picture books and nonfiction books about bridges. They then planned their bridges before they even cracked open the Legos. I wanted them to have a plan before they had Legos strewn everywhere!
|Teamwork! Planning! Yes!|
|A very intricate and detailed explanation is happening here.|
|Ready for action!|
After the program, many of the kids took bridge-themed books home with them. I was impressed with myself that I made engineering and physics fun. High five!