Students Learn More About Engineering

The second grade classes at Wexford Elementary are learning how concepts of force, balance and stability relate to the design of bridges and the field of civil engineering.
The students wrapped up a new ASSET science/engineering kit entitled "Designing Bridges." As a culminating activity, the students used the engineering design model to create their own bridges.

Teacher Lisa Olson says the students absolutely loved this new ASSET science kit.

“The students absolutely loved this ASSET science kit,” Mrs. Olson said. “It was amazing to hear them use the vocabulary from the science unit when building their own bridges.  Words like "pier, abutments, span, strength, stability, and force" were common place in our classrooms.”

On May 8, 2015,  high school students from their STEAM class, "Advanced Systems Engineering," visited Wexford.  This year, seniors David Briski, Francesco DiCocco and Perry Tagliaferro showed off some of the bridges that they designed and built in their class. 

Their PRHS Teacher Jeff Seybert and  Wexford Elementary Teacher Lisa Olson planned this opportunity for the students.

This is the second year in a row that the high school students shared bridges that they designed and built in class.  

"His students looked forward to sharing their bridges with us at Wexford," Olson said.  " Our second grade students love seeing these advanced bridge designs.  It helps them think about the classes they may take in the future to further their knowledge of civil engineering.”