The inaugural Tour de Fourth relay event allowed fourth-grade students to showcase their engineering knowledge during an innovative, hands-on community event.
This year, fourth-grade students worked in teams in The Hub, our immersive science and innovation center, applying engineering skills they've learned throughout their years in the Lower School. Students collaboratively designed and built bikes using Infento Education Kits. The kits include aluminum profiles of various lengths, modular connectors, wheels, steering wheel, brakes, driving belts and steering arms, block bearings, and axles – all reusable materials. This project culminated this morning when each team got a chance to test out their ride during the Tour de Fourth!
Nancy Dimitriades and Kristie Burkett co-teach in The Hub. "Students worked collaboratively, learned to read technical drawings, and built rides," Dimitriades said. "Today we tested the rides on an obstacle course where students encouraged each other as they enjoyed what they built."
"Our students have worked very hard to put this event together! It is the culmination of months of learning," added Burkett. "At the end of it all, they looked back and said, 'Wow! We built that!' and then got to ride their bikes through school hallways and outdoor obstacles. I don't think they will look at cycling quite the same way after this experience."