Faculty Advisor

Chen, Katherine C

Abstract

The Westborough YWCA (a non-profit organization) educates children ages one to five years of age, teaching them how to develop social and thinking skills through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). This project focused on furthering this goal by designing and constructing a low-cost STEAM-oriented wall that children could play with using plastic balls at the childcare center. Using an engineering design process, we gathered background information about early childhood education, surveyed the YWCA staff for their specific desires for the wall, and designed and built a STEAM ball wall that incorporated the needs of the YWCA. Once we completed the final ball wall construction, we implemented the wall in the STEAM room of the Westborough YWCA.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-03-30

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

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