Virginia Peninsula Post hosts Engineer’s Night at Grafton Elementary School

Captain Andy Burris oversees the students as they design their ‘mint-mobile.’

Captain Andy Burris oversees the students as they design their ‘mint-mobile.’

The Virginia Peninsula Post (VPP) Young Members hosted the Engineer’s Night at Grafton Elementary School to introduce third to fifth grade students to engineering.  Approximately 35 students discovered new engineering principles with four hands-on activities.

One activity challenged the students to implement engineering design principles by designing and testing their own ‘mint-mobiles.’ Another challenge allowed the students to study applications of density by making their own lava lamps.


Captain Christiane Makela explains how the lava lamps work to Ethan and Justin.

The third activity, programming human computers to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, proved to be harder than the students thought. The task taught the students to understand how processors work.  The fourth activity entailed students playing with sand, glue, and water to understand the importance of portion control in relation to the strength of their sand pile.

Finally, VPP’s sponsored FIRST LEGO® League team showed off their robot and told students about their local LEGO® robotics club.  The club currently has over 50 fourth and fifth graders, and continues to grow each school year.

By making sure the event was not only educational but also fun, the Post had further inspired and peaked the interests of 35 young aspiring engineers.

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