Students at the Solvang School District in California have been learning about structural design and architecture, but not from lectures, textbooks or videos. Instead, Irene Rinta, founder of the nonprofit KidZ Engineering 101 Inc., helped second- and fifth-graders construct a city and even a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge with found and recycled items as part of a hands-on, project-based engineering and architecture unit. "I love the hands-on application of math, geometry, architecture, art and city planning. The finished project is just great, but even more impressive is the learning process that led to the product," said superintendent and principal John Karbula.
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