Students at May Howard Elementary School are building the next generation of engineers with the help of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Beginning Monday through Friday, May Howard Elementary students are learning aspects of engineering through projects like building balloon cars in Nancy Keaton's fourth grade class. At the end of the week, they race them for a prize. In Raegan Dillon's fifth grade class, they are making rockets out of bottles. Students get to see how everything works then design it and test it.
Cami Lowery says, " I love science experiments, and I love watching all this; I really like creating things and then blowing up and going up in the sky."
Lowery's classmate, Carter Manley, is planning his rocket before hitting the classroom. "Not too tall," he said. "I think it's going to have a nose cone, and I think some wings, but they're not going to be too big or else it won't fly so high."
Anna Claire Edenfield, also a fifth grader, says, "I've always liked science, so it's (engineering) a pretty good job, I think."
Volunteers from community businesses like JCB and a May Howard father and engineer from RWP Engineering help the teachers out with the lessons.
Lee Mailler from RWP has a daughter and says women in engineering are few and far between, and his daughter is really good at math, so she may follow in his footsteps.
This is the second year in a row May Howard Elementary has participated in engineering week.
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