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Summer SAVY 2015 (Week 1, Day 1) – Bioengineering (Rising 2nd/3rd)

Posted by on Monday, June 8, 2015 in SAVY blog.

Welcome to bioengineering! We were so excited to meet our new engineers and begin to explore the world of bioengineering.  Today was spent getting to know one another, establishing lab rules, and learning how engineers “think”.  Time flew as students were grouped into engineering teams to address a very simple challenge.. create a cup out of one piece of paper that could hold the most water for 30 seconds.  Both I and Ms. Kate were so impressed by how students asked the appropriate questions to understand the problem, imagined and planned how to build their paper cup, and finally built their cups. These natural engineers tested their designs and learned from the cup’s failures to improve their design. Unknowingly, they were using the engineering design process, a method to think through engineering problems.  Students will continue to use this model all week to address bioengineering design challenges.  See you tomorrow when we will learn how engineering can be used to understand the code for every cell in your body, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)!