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Crestmont Science Teacher Beth Touchette recently led the 4th/5th grade classes through a unit of study called “Super Animals”. The children studied many aspects of animal physiology including digestive systems, skin/scales/fur, and different types of teeth. In particular they focused on how animal bodies differ to make the animals successful in different environments.
For the final “Super Animals” project, students built creatures with representations of all the animal systems they investigated. The animals had coverings, teeth, breathing and digestive systems.
To provide a relevant and exciting opportunity to do some creative engineering, the teams were challenged to design the organism body so that a non-hard boiled egg “brain” would survive a two story fall. Using concepts of design, engineering, and biology, the students collaborated in small groups to create some amazing creatures. Here’s one of them, taking flight! And the great news – the egg survived unbroken.