Real Life Engineering!August 27, 2010
Wednesday was an exciting day at Cannon River STEM School! For the past two weeks, construction crews have been running all over campus creating classrooms for our Kindergarteners and 5th graders. We are looking forward to sharing these wonderful new spaces with our students and parents next week.
Today, however, the 6th and 7th grade classrooms were delivered. Yes, I did say delivered…on a two semi trucks! We’ll be breaking ground this September on brand new classroom spaces for our 5-8th grades…but in the meantime, our 6th and 7th graders are going to reside in a portable classroom connected to Old Main via the handicap ramp. This past week we have watched trucks move dirt, dig sewer line hookups, and install electrical lines. Cement trucks have poured concrete into big tubes dug into the ground…and on Wednesday, the classrooms came!
They arrived in two units, to be connected after placement. We watched as master craftsmen…and I mean that literally…positioned these big trucks and classrooms over the footings without damaging the footings or sinking into the mud. We admired how the blocks were built up from the footings to the bottom of the unit and they meticulously leveled the unit. We stared in awe as we watched a remote controlled earth mover work its way into potentially dangerous areas and pack down earth. Finally we cheered as the two halves were secured together and made into a unit of two classrooms and bathroom area. What an amazing process!
We were like the students we will be working with in a few weeks…staring excitedly out the windows, oohing and ahhing with admiration. I suspect we even uttered a few vroom vroom sounds! Along with being a wonderful example of engineering in action, it was a reminder of the joys of being a child with the awe and wonder of the workings of the world. What a gift to know that our staff truly are children at heart!