ECBC workforce members inspire elementary school students with ‘Engineering is Elementary’
Joppa, Md. ― Eleven subject matter experts from the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently engaged nearly 130 fourth-and fifth-graders from Joppatowne Elementary School in five separate hands-on activities to excite them about the pursuit of engineering career pathways.
“This was great,” said fourth-grader Jack Collins. “I liked everything about the activity, but especially the testing.”
“I wanted to be a baseball player, and now I’d like to be an engineer as well,” he added.
In an effort to reinforce the engineering process in the ‘Engineering is Elementary’ storybook ‘Yi Min’s Great Wall,’ ECBC scientists and engineers afforded students the opportunity to design, build and test their own walls and fences.
“During this activity, we had to figure out what would work and what wouldn’t,” said fourth-grade Joppatowne Elementary School student Rachel Vlassis. “This activity showed me how I could better help my Dad to invent things, because we learned that you have to try different materials to make it [your design] work.”