Kindergarten classes across Katonah-Lewisboro School District were filled with similar scenes that morning. Groups of two and three six-year-olds worked with ninth graders in John Jay High School’s Design and Draw for Production class or upperclassmen and women in the engineering track on doghouses made of Lincoln Logs, building blocks, or Legos.
The collaboration was created this past summer when kindergarten teachers Paul Hughes, from Katonah Elementary, Jackie Kovatch, from Meadow Pond Elementary, and Colleen Walsh, from Increase Miller Elementary, met with Steve Zoeller, robotics and engineering teacher at John Jay High School.
The kindergarten teachers wanted to create a project with roots in science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, and based in elements of mathematics. This interdisciplinary approach is known as STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art, and math).
When they told Zoeller about their science unit on weather, the doghouse project built itself.
“The doghouse project is an engaging way to introduce young children to the engineering design process,” said Zoeller. "And, it incorporates every aspect of STREAM.”