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Yavneh Students Integrate Engineering Skills and the Parsha

When Yavneh first grade students studied parshat Noach, they integrated an introductory lesson in engineering from KinderLab. The children learned about the building of the teiva and all of the challenges that Noach encountered during construction. Through the lesson, the students were introduced to the engineering process: ask, imagine, plan, create, test, improve and share. Following the construction process, the students tested their models in a tub of water. Using a timer for three minutes, the students waited patiently to see if their teiva was a successful construction. Those who did not succeed in the challenge went back to the drawing board to figure out what improvements needed to be made to meet the challenge. This was the first step in their long journey of incorporating the engineering process into the Judaic studies first grade curriculum. What an interesting way to bring the parsha to life!

 

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