First Grade Engineers Help Three Little Pigs

This year, we are thrilled to have an exciting new partnership with the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Classroom teachers in Grades 1, 2, and 5 will be working closely with Associate Director Merridith Portsmore and graduate student Chelsea Andrews to infuse engineering into our science learning expeditions.


On December 14, Merridith and Chelsea visited the 1st grade classroom to present students with their first engineering design challenge-to build a house with LEGOs tall and wide enough to fit an adorable pink pig! First graders rose to the challenge, collaborating with partners to build and test their houses. Merridith noted, “These are one of the more impressive groups of 1st graders I’ve worked with. They dove right in and did a great job!”


Lego reflection


First graders will continue to work in engineering crews to help the three little pigs of the popular fairytale build stronger houses that can not only withstand the wolf’s “huffing and puffing,” but are windproof and waterproof as well.