Our students are creative and energetic learners who live in a small community with limited funding. They are highly motivated and enjoy opportunities to think outside the box. The community works hard to provide necessary resources for our students, but it is sometimes necessary to seek outside assistance to acquire materials that supplement our curriculum. We are always looking for ways to support our students' varied learning styles and needs. Community support in a small town is instrumental in helping to create a learning environment that fosters creativity and exploration!
This project is a really cool way to help our students think about how they can apply engineering concepts to help those in need. We are reading Anne Sibley's O'Brien's In the Shadow of the Sun In this novel, the protagonist's father provides food aide in areas of danger. His mission has brought he and his children to a risky situation. Eventually, his children are forced to forage for their own food while fleeing the country looking for a place that is safe.
The intent of this project is to allow students an opportunity to imagine how they might design tools to help those in nutritional crisis.
We have studied the country, its people, and now we can look at how others might help those in need, which may lead to our students seeing what can be done in real life to make a difference.
The project, along with the reading aspect already being done, will enhance their understanding of engineering.
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