Did you build with Tinkertoys when you were younger? You may remember spending hours building. Kids today have rooms full of toys, yet fewer and fewer toys nurture one of the skills that our kids need most... engineering.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers are the wave of the future.
However, fewer and fewer people come out of college prepared to fill them. My students are a long ways off from college, but that spark of interest is ignited every day in my classroom.
Our school is in an urban area located in Massachusetts, with a very diverse population. Being an urban, high poverty school, budgets have been hit particularly hard. Despite all of this, my students are motivated to learn, and strive to be successful. Each week they look forward to coming to my class because they are challenged to use their STEM know-how to solve problems in a creative way.
Structural engineering is something every kid can do; houses out of Legos, forts out of sofa cushions in the living room, and a skyscraper of boxes Christmas morning are just a few examples of structural engineering you may have seen your kid build. With adding a supply of Tinkertoys to the classroom, I will be able to help my students learn more about structural supports, loads, center of gravity, and stable shapes' relations to structural integrity. I know, I know... fancy words but these are just a few that they will get to add to their engineering vocabulary.
This donation of Tinkertoys will enable me to better teach them all of these key concepts.
As a result, this will give a better foundation to key engineering concepts that they will build upon in the coming four years both inside and outside of my classroom. Last but certainly not least, all of those sofa cushion pillow forts will no longer be toppled by the family dog running by.
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