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'Three Little Pigs' Inspire STEM Lab Design
'Three Little Pigs' Inspire STEM Lab Design
Posted on 12/03/2021
If an imaginary Big Bad Wolf comes to Avery’s Creek Elementary, students are ready!Feature Photos: 1) STEM Lab teacher Ms. Morgan Adams encourages students as they create structures using foundational masonry techniques. 2) Two students put the finishing touches on their stone and clay structure.

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

If an imaginary Big Bad Wolf happens upon the Avery’s Creek Elementary STEM Lab this week, students are ready!

Using the classic “Three Little Pigs” storybook as inspiration, students experimented with masonry techniques to build small structures from clay, stones, and cardboard. Their goal was to resist even the most determined of wolves set on huffing, puffing, and blowing down houses.

“It’s supposed to be the Three Little Pigs’ house,” explained fourth grader Lily. “The rocks and clay are strong.”

Two students put the finishing touches on their stone and clay structure.Classmate Izic pointed out his group’s double-walled approach to protecting swine.

“Our base is clay,” he said, “and then we have rocks around it, and rocks inside it, so it can be extra strong."

STEM teacher Ms. Morgan Adams challenged students to design and build homes at least four inches tall that featured a door, roof, and walls. The project culminated on Friday when Adams used a strong fan to act as the Big Bad Wolf. After testing the strength of each structure, students discussed which designs worked best or could have been improved.

Adams compared the project to ancient masonry practices. She wanted students to consider what makes a building strong when modern tools are unavailable.

“They are thinking and creating together, trying to overcome the different difficulties,” she said.

In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Labs at every primary, elementary, and intermediate school, students collaborate to solve real-world problems using the Engineering Design method: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. Learn more about STEM Labs in BCS elementary schools.

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