On May 1 and 2, Moon Area High School’s engineering design class collaborated with child development students to deliver a fun STEAM activity to preschool students.
Mr. Petrina’s engineering class introduced Newton’s Third Law of Motion to Ms. Ludwig’s preschool class. With the help of Ms. Ludwig’s child development students, both classes were able to help the preschoolers complete a rocket design challenge.
Each student was given construction materials that included a rocket ship to color, a Styrofoam cup, straw, tape, and a balloon.
Using Newton’s Law, pre-k students learned the concept that if an object is in motion one way, an opposite reaction is being released in the opposite direction.
On Tuesday, groups of child development, engineering, and pre-k students made final modifications to their rockets and then tested their models to see how far they could fly!
Students were able to see this law put into action when their balloon rocket went flying forward as the air came out of the balloon in the opposite direction.
This is the first year that engineering, child development, and preschool students collaborated on this project.