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Summer SAVY Session 1, Day 1 – Agricultural Engineering

Posted by on Monday, June 12, 2023 in blog, SAVY, Uncategorized.

Day 1: We are working our way through the Engineering Design Process and applying our learning to our hand pollinators, flowers, and insects. Today we explored vocabulary words that tie into technology, agricultural engineering, and pollinators. We determined reasons for variance in materials and textures that will be useful when designing our products. 

We applied learning to create an improved design sketch. It was just amazing the imagination and creativity the students poured into their blueprints and we will build our first prototypes soon!  

The students searched the hallway for different types of technology or inventions and took turns explaining the problem that caused the invention to be created and the solution or what could be done to improve it. 

Some key takeaways from today include: models can be used to test design ideas; based on their properties, different materials can be used in different parts of a hand-pollinator design; the properties of a material determine its usefulness for different parts of a design; the Engineering Process can be used to solve problems; models can be especially useful during the “Create” step of the Engineering Design process; apply knowledge of parts of a plant and parts of an animal; use knowledge of properties of materials when selecting materials for their designs. 

Some dinner table discussions: 

  • What does your blueprint look like for your hand pollinator and explain what it does (hopefully they will recreate it for you)? 
  • What is the Engineering Design Process? 
  • What is pollination and how do plants get pollinated? 

Have a wonderful evening! 

Warmly, Ms. Marshall and Ms. Yuka