Design Technology and Engineering in Grades 2 – 3

Check out what projects second and third graders work on in their Design Technology and Engineering classes.

Grade 2

Second graders learn fabrication basics using cardboard. From cutting to securing pieces together, working with cardboard lays the foundation for using tools and builds students’ confidence in assembly.

Child-friendly robots “Dot” and “Dash” are used in Design Technology and Engineering classes to introduce second graders to robotics in an age appropriate way. Read more.

Grade 3

Third graders gain experience with 3D design, electronics and coding using Tinkercad, an online 3D modeling program.

For third graders in Liz Castillo’s Design Technology and Engineering class, a box of Legos is an opportunity for fun and learning. Using what they learned about levers, gears and pulleys, students constructed simple machines out of Legos that could move as they turned cranks. 

While it may look like child’s play, Castillo says these are important lessons students can build on. “The concepts they learn now are foundational for future lessons where engineering skills are applied and incorporated into student creations,” she said.

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