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Thinking F​eet

Intermediate Science and Engineering

Grades: 3rd - 6th

Sep 2018 - Dec 2018 (14 weeks)

  • Civil/Construction engineering. Build structures that can hold greater than 50 times their weight. Learn and apply construction engineering concepts to design joints, strengthen appropriate beams while optimizing the bridge efficiency ratio.
  • Mechanical Engineering - Forces, Motion and Energy Transfer. Conceptualize and design impact dampeners, build and experiment with mouse trap cars to understand the trade offs between speed and distance, conversion of potential to kinetic energy. Explore gears and motors and their applications in various challenges
  • Chromatography and Forensic chemistry. Visualize the speed and spread pattern of different colors in chromatography, learn the interaction of molecular forces across substances, extract DNA and much more.
  • Electricity and Magnetism. Build batteries with common ingredients found at home, understand the chemistry behind the reactions inside a battery and see them in action. Conduct practical experiments in electromagnetism to explore novel applications in the real world.
  • In many of the experiments, students will track, record and analyze empirical observations and draw inferences from scientific data.

Our Approach

Thinking Feet’s main learning center is located in the Ballantyne area in Mecklenburg county in the Wingate University campus.  We are just minutes away from nearby Blakeney, Weddington, Marvin, Waxhaw, Pineville, Wesley Chapel, Piper Glen and Fort Mill, SC.​​

What's the connection between the dust that clings on on the side of the fan blades, to how airplanes can fly? To explain the connection, we take our students to the kitchen sink ..that's not a metaphor, we really meant kitchen sink.

In a bridge structure, how do you figure out which elements are being pulled vs compressed and how do you use those concepts to strengthen your bridge??

We are taking Engineering and Science enrichment to a whole new level, building a solid foundation of understanding while asking a bunch of WHY's, WHAT-IF's, HOW's etc through safe hands-on experiments.

Three pronged approach:
A solid foundation of Science and Engineering Theory
Experimentation to solidify understanding of theory and appreciate the variances encountered between theory and practice
Stretching of their imagination as the classroom fosters discussion on the many HOW's, WHY's and WHAT-Ifs

After all Einstein himself said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research."

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Students not only learn but apply the concepts and push the boundaries to create a fun learning path in the world of science, engineering and invention