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Kindergarten Structural Engineers...Building Bridges!

Central Lyon kindergarten students took the role of Structural Engineers and constructed bridges using gum drops and tooth picks. Mr. Pytleski led the students through pictures and activities on how to best build a bridge to support weight. As structural engineers, the students designed and build a 30-centimeter bridge. After designing and creating their bridges, the student groups were asked to test their structures. A pleasant surprise that some of the bridges could indeed support a small amount of weight.

The kindergarteners first started a "brainstorm" session where design ideas were shared. The next step allowed the students to build a first draft of prototype. The prototype was then tweaked, and small changes were made. It was very interesting to see how the students reacted to the task. They shared stories about bridges they have seen and rode on during family trips. Mr. Pytleski commented, "I love the expression and curiosity of these little tykes. STEAM at the kindergarten and first grade levels bring awareness to the ways Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math can all work together to complete tasks by people all over the world." Click below for a slideshow of pictures.

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The Central Lyon Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Industrial Arts Education and Vocation Agriculture Education. It is the policy of the Central Lyon Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to the Superintendent, Central Lyon CSD, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246, (712) 472-2664, superintendent@centrallyon.org. Please see District Board Policies for additional information on grievance procedures.