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Novel Engineering prepares third graders for life

Barringer Road third graders have been studying literature in a new way—as engineers!

At first glance, engineering and ELA seem to have little to do with each other—until you introduce Novel Engineering. Novel Engineering is a program created at Tufts University that applies engineering principles to analyzing literature.

Teacher Michelle Winfield first learned about it from one of her children’s teachers in New Hartford. That teacher sat down with Michelle and shared the concepts and materials. Michelle, in turn, brought it back to all of the third grade teachers.

The teachers are excited, but not half as much as their students. Classroom are buzzing with students talking about the story, digging into the characters’ problems, and brainstorming ways to solve those problems. It is creativity and learning at its finest.

See it in action in this video: