Sandy Spring Friends School



Lower School Cardboard Challenge: Design Meets Engineering!
Bela Meghani


Did you ever find an empty box and imagine what else it could be? In Lower School, we have explored this idea as an expression of our understanding of the engineering design process (ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve) in conjunction with introduced science concepts.

Each grade was presented with a design challenge that included parameters and constraints. In response, PK3-5th graders created elaborate, fantastic, and inspired interactive cardboard projects. Some were games, and some illustrated topical research, but all involved problem solving and iteration of ideas. Some were completed as partnerships, requiring communication and collaboration, and some were individual efforts, but all involved an investment of time, effort, and ingenuity. 

Students explained their ideas and challenges during multiple events. The parent-child workshare on Tuesday, April 24, allowed us to share these projects with families. We also visited other classrooms to play with cardboard creations, learn from each other, and be inspired all over again!