Recently, Ms. Francesca’s 3rd Graders participated in a STEAM challenge with their Panda buddies. The task was to design a bridge that could hold one or more mini pumpkins or gourds. This was an extension of our social-emotional lesson on “Building Bridges,” a metaphor for finding a connection to our peers or strengthening a relationship that has been severed.

For the challenge, students could choose from a variety of materials: straws, popsicle sticks, chopsticks, rubber bands, scotch tape, masking tape, cardboard, and string. Their critical thinking skills were put to the test, but with some cooperation and hard work, the bridges the students built were quite impressive!