This year’s cardboard challenge in the Lower School emerged as an exploration of engineering concepts. Starting with questions, students in Kindergarten through fifth grade were asked: “How might we reduce the number of eggs broken in a carton? Can we design a better carton to protect our eggs?” Their mission was to craft break-free cartons.
To kick off the challenge, students began to draw containers with specific design and material parameters:
They then created prototypes and received valuable feedback on their projects using Little Learners’ pages to help make their thinking visible. Fifth graders helped first graders while fourth graders helped Kindergarteners in the “I like, I wish” format, which they used to answer the question, “What’s next?” The culmination of their efforts led to the eagerly awaited egg drop, an experience guided by the Lower School maker team, Collete Johnston and Constanza Pizano, along with Science teacher Eileen Fenelly.
In a spirit of camaraderie and having fun, students first dropped their creations from picnic tables. Those that withstood the initial drop advanced to Mrs. Johnston’s ladder drop. The excitement and anticipation reached new heights as everyone awaited the grand finale on Friday – the big drop in the Gym. Lower School students cheered for each other as their eggs descended from a 14-foot ladder.
The collaborative efforts of Lower School teachers were instrumental in facilitating this fun and educational day. Young engineers discovered the importance of developing effective insulation and parachute solutions to enhance the chances of success.
The 2024 cardboard challenge not only fostered creativity but also instilled teamwork and problem-solving skills, making it a memorable experience for all involved.