Wenonah Students Weave Webs

Wenonah Students Weave Webs photo

Design, research and critical thinking helped guide fourth-grade students to success in Lenore Lounsbury’s class at Wenonah Elementary School. They recently worked together in teams to weave webs capable of catching a stapler dropped from a height of one meter.

The students began the STEAM-based activity by first learning the job of an engineer and the processes they follow to create successful designs. With this newfound knowledge, the student-engineers then researched the many ways in which spiders spin their webs before beginning to design their own creations. Equipped with a clothes hanger, 15 feet of yarn and 6 inches of tape, students worked in groups to carefully weave intricate webs to accomplish the goal. 

Throughout the activity emphasis was placed on recognizing design flaws and correcting them until their webs succeeded.