Mission Monday: Engineering for Rapunzel

Engineering for Rapunzel photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

Second-grade students at Pequenakonck Elementary School were challenged to engineer Rapunzel out of her tower as part of their study of fairy tales. 

The students used critical and creative thinking, along with some household materials, to get Rapunzel safely out of the tower before the evil Mother Gothel returned. 

Throughout the process, the groups’ designs changed as a result of testing their prototypes. Each group chose materials and designs for specific reasons to test their engineering skills. This initiative required lots of problem-solving, cooperation, creativity and fun!