Second Grade Design Challenge: Building a Water Slide
Using their knowledge of the properties of water from science class, second graders were challenged to build a water slide from a few commonplace materials.
Rashi's second graders have been learning about the properties of water and for this design challenge, they used their knowledge on the topic. Using half of a paper towel roll, some tin foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, masking tape, straws and pipe cleaners, they were asked to create a waterslide for a small bear (Ted E. Bear) to go down.
Placed in groups of three, the students were given the following constraints:
Working together, students designed some interesting solutions to this challenge. "We are so proud of how they worked together and created such amazing products," exclaimed Katie Bernstein, Grade 2 Associate Teacher.
- The water slide had to be open - not a tube.
- There needed to be a ladder for the bear to climb.
- The water slide could not leak.
- Ted E. Bear needed to slide, not drop into the water.