IBM in the Classroom
Students learn about engineering
Seventh grade science students had the opportunity to work with IBM employees to learn what it's really like to be an engineer. Thanks to the coordination efforts of Janet Matthews and Mary Knopp, six professionals from IBM spent the day at Westlake Middle School taking the students through the engineering process of designing, building and testing their ideas.
Students were tasked with building a ski jump using only the materials provided (1 roll of scotch tape, 30 sheets of paper, 6 styrofoam cups, 6 paper plates and 12 popsicle sticks) and launching their "skier" (a ping pong ball) as far as possible. Everyone had a great time brainstorming ways to make their jump have the most impact. The activity was a great way for students to understand how to think like an engineer.