This week we read a bunch of books about flying, including fiction books like Abuela and Isla by Arthur Dorros, Going Places, Voilet the Pilot, Rosie Revere Engineer, and non-fiction books including ones about African American scientists and inventors, Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot, Amelia Earhardt, and the Wright brothers. We challenged the students to step into the shoes of an engineer and create a contraption that could help them fly out of straws, paperclips and rubber bands. The students wanted to make things that could fly themselves, so they made a lot of really interesting flying machines, planes, rockets and helicopters! After building their designs, later on many students came up with new ideas and revised their contraptions. After building their design, each student filled out the first page of their Kindersteam journal by drawing a picture of what they made and talking about whether their contraption worked and new ideas they had to improve them.