Girlstart After School launched a new school year with a fun and creative engineering project: Paper Rockets! Before building their rockets, girls discussed their expectations and hopes for the new semester. Groups reviewed the Engineering Design Process - this is the foundation of each girl’s growth at Girlstart! What does the Engineering Design Process look like?
I. Ask a question
II. Brainstorm ideas or conduct research
III. Build a prototype
IV. Test and revise
At Girlstart, each girl is encouraged to share her ideas - no idea is too “crazy” because it could inspire another idea! After girls share their ideas, they work together to turn their plans into reality, test their design, and improve it. Finally, students are reminded that the design process is cyclical. One question girls often ask each other: “How can we make this even more awesome?!”