At Pulaski Avenue Elementary in the Northport-East Northport School District, fifth-graders in Courtney Groelinger and Valerie Conn’s classes reached into the creative depths of their imaginations to design machines that could help solve the problem of ocean pollution.
Using both artistic and found materials, each group of students designed machines with unique elements. Some proposed using solar panels for energy, while others suggested using metal teeth to crunch and store garbage in the mechanism.
“We wanted them to be creative and take risks when designing their machines,” said Ms. Conn. “The more confidence they build now, the more confident they’ll be to tackle difficult projects in their future, professional lives.”
Photos courtesy of the Northport-East Northport Union Free School District