Magnet Wall Finale

We met with the Middle School Engineers for the big reveal of the magnet wall creations. The kindergarteners were practically jumping out of their seats with excitement and anticipation.

Here is the pirate ship with a treasure box and pink and purple princesses.

The loop-d-loop with each of the students’ names on it as well as custom stoppers.

The tree, unicorn, and special ice cream. Look at the details!

The puzzle pieces that had to fit together and be decorated with dinosaurs, a unicorn, and buildings.

We went out to the Magnet Wall and put the pieces to work.

What an impressive showing! Thank you to our MS Engineers for all their hard work and dedication to this project. You made these kindergarteners VERY happy!

Welcome Engineers!

Today we hosted the Middle School Intro to Engineering class as part of our project-based learning unit that revolves around the Magnet Wall. The kindergarten “clients” met with their engineer team.


They explored the magnet wall together, discussing pieces the wall lacks.

The Engineers took notes and made specific measurements.


Here are some preliminary ideas.

Big ideas! We will travel to the Upper School in a few weeks to check on the Engineers’ progress. Wait until you see the new STEM Lab where all of the pieces will be created.

Magna Wall Amazement!

I don’t even know where to begin. We had such a wonderful trip to Hope Ranch this morning. The engineering class’ presentations were so well thought out and full of pertinent information. The high school students truly listened to the requests of the kindergartners. From the color schemes, to the sparkles, to the shape of wood blocks, each client had their ideas recreated to their liking.

When we arrived in Hope Ranch for first period, the kindergartners had a chance to see the 3D printer in action. In fact, the printer was printing a gingerbread person for each kindergartner! Students then got settled next to their engineer and the presentations began.

You get a sense of the trials and work that went into engineering each piece!

I love the humor students used and the fact that most of the projects were not successful the first or even the second time they were tested. What a great way for students to learn perseverance and determination!


I had the kindergarten clients pose for a picture with their engineer. (Side note….this high school student is blind and gave us his presentation, written in Braille, to take back to school. The kindergartners were interested that he reads using his sense of touch.)


The Launcher… will see video of this piece in action later in the post.


The Bouncy Castle Trampoline…..looks just like a bouncy castle!

After the presentations were complete, Mr. Moore gave the students their next task.

Use teamwork to create a run…


Again, students witnessed firsthand how engineering often takes multiple tries before it works.

First try…

A few more tries….some tweaks…some parts added…

and the goal is achieved!

The kindergartners proudly transported the pieces back to Lower School.


Once back at school, they had a chance to put them to use on the MagnaWall. What followed was hilarious! (Kindergartners are a little more heavy handed than high schoolers…)

Those are some strong magnets!!

Of course, once I stopped filming the marble went into the cup!


The kindergartners are so proud of their new MagnaWall pieces. What better way to show our gratitude than by writing an old fashioned “thank you” note.




Thank you, Mr. Moore, for working with me to create such an engaging and learning-filled project on so many levels.

Magnawall Challenge

The Introduction to Engineering class arrived on campus right before lunch. While the kindergartners were enjoying the last few minutes of recess, the high school students began exploring the Magnawall so that they had a true sense of what they will be creating.

Mr. Moore called the students together and introduced them to their partners. The high schoolers were directed to retrieve their sketch books and a writing utensil, and the kindergartners were encouraged to design away! Each kindergartner then described his/her concept of the piece they felt the Magnawall is missing.


This student describes his retractable suction cup.


This student describes her rainbow colored trampoline.



This student describes several missing pieces, so his high schooler created a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C.

It was so much fun listening to the kindergartners’ ideas and watching how the high schoolers interpreted them. Next, Mr. Moore asked his engineering students to work with their kindergarten clients to come up with a name for their project as well decorations for the actual piece and prepare a short, one-minute presentation.

We regrouped in the kindergarten classroom where the presentations began.

Now, the engineering students will begin creating- sourcing materials, building models, and acquiring parts. We will video conference next week and the kindergartners will hopefully be shown preliminary prototypes of their designs. Of course, plans and ideas can change….and the kindergarten clients are encouraged to verbalize these changes when they develop!

Engineering in Kindergarten?


You bet! Not only does Laguna offer weekly Lego classes for students, but in the kindergarten classroom, students enjoy time building and exploring kits made by the company GoldieBlox. Here is the idea behind the toys:

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This morning students explored the Zip Line kit and the Dunk Tank kit.


Here, a group of students work to build the zipline action figure while others found a place to hang the actual zipline. Not only do these kits offer students a time to engineer, but it also fosters teamwork. Just look at this:

And who says GoldieBlox is just for girls?!  The boys in kindergarten love them as well.


This year we are lucky to have Sarah Pousho, a Laguna Blanca alum and employee of the GoldieBlox company, as our speaker at the Science Fair. I am excited to learn more about this company. To learn more about GoldieBlox, click on the link below.