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Davenport, IA

Walcott Students Learn Engineering from Literature and History

Walcott students building bridge and Walcott students with finished bridge

First-grade students at Walcott Elementary learned about the engineering design process through the book, Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing, by April Jones Prince, which tells the story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. When the bridge was first completed in 1870, people were worried it might not be safe. Phineas T. Barnum heard about the concerns and decided to test the bridge by successfully leading twenty-one elephants across. Students then worked in teams using the engineering design process to build a bridge from sticks, cups, and cardboard that would hold twenty-one mini elephants.