Constellation Engineers

20180711_102453Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning.

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Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.

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These project-based activities focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering.

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By using a variety of materials to construct constellations, your little one is creating a physical model to help them gain a greater understanding of the natural world. To initiate your little astronomer into the realm of the constellations, we read a book about people who lived long ago.

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These people did not have telescopes and computers to tell them about the stars they saw in the sky, and so they created images based on the patterns they perceived.

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To apply our understanding of these fascinating images, we created the Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Andromeda constellations using a variety of materials.

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Our first project consisted of lacing cards and perler beads, and the second contained a combination of rocks and chalk.

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