Summer is upon us and fun days will be spent hanging out at the pool. We were inspired to engineer a diving board based on the book “Jabari Jumps”, by Gaia Cornwall.
Preschoolers will be inspired to use the provided materials to create two diving boards for a toy. This engaging STEAM experience will challenge your young learner to use their critical thinking skills and think like an engineer.
STEAM QUESTION: Can you create a pool with two diving boards?
Objective: Students will design and create two diving boards of different heights for Jabari and friends.
- “Jabari Jumps”, by Gaia Cornwall
- Small plastic tubs of water
- Towel or tarp under the tubs of water
- Variety of blocks of different sizes and materials
- Recyclable materials
- Paper, crayons, and scissors
Read, “Jabari Jumps” and discuss the student’s own experiences with pools and diving boards.
Invite students to create two different diving boards, a tall and short one.
Allow students to draw their designs using paper and crayons.
Give students time to create, test, and improve their diving boards.
Have you ever wished there was a shorter diving board?
What can we build or create to help Jabari and his friends feel more comfortable for their first jump?
How tall are your diving boards?
Science: Students can drop different items into the pool from the two diving boards to observe and compare; consider also dropping items of different weights for extension.
Technology: Students will use tools to create and measure their diving boards.
Engineering: Students will build two diving boards of different heights.
ARTs: Students will draw a picture of their plans before building.
Math: Students can measure how tall their two diving boards are.
The full Storytime STEAM experience is inside the member lab, click here for more details.