Posted by: D. Rand | February 6, 2014

Take Apart Labs at GEMS!

Does it still work? What does this knob do?

Does it still work?

Take Apart Labs for Young Engineers!

During the month of February, young students at the Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School will dive into engineering during the school’s popular “Take-Apart Labs.” Everyone is interested in knowing more about what is inside every-day inventions such as phones, DVD players, broken toys, and computers. The Take-Apart Labs are held in the school’s science lab and give all students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 the opportunity to dive in, deconstruct, and explore the workings of these common objects.

With the help of 70 adult volunteers from the school and community, students used real tools and safety equipment to carefully open broken or obsolete items and explore how they work. The experience is memorable for students and volunteers alike. “This is how I became interested in engineering,” shared Ken Boucher, an electrical engineer at Hamilton Sunstrand. “I loved to take things apart as a kid!”

Next step for GEHMS students will be to think about how many of the parts they found inside these inventions can be reused in new inventions to solve some “everyday problems.”

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  1. My 5th grade team of inventors at Take Apart were amazing! Annabelle, Zack and Omari worked very well together! My 4S team learned that today’s printers are not expected to be repaired because it was so tough getting to the heart of the printer. Thanks for letting me be a part of a valuable event!

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