Studying engineering before they can spell it

In a class full of aspiring engineers, the big bad wolf had to do more than just huff and puff to blow down the three little pigs’ house, reports the New York Times. To start, he needed to get past a voice-activated security gate, find a hidden door and negotiate a few other traps in a house that a pair of kindergartners here imagined for the pigs–and then pieced together from index cards, paper cups, wood sticks and pipe cleaners. “Excellent engineering,” their teacher, Mary Morrow, told them one day early this month. All 300 students at Clara E. Coleman Elementary School are learning the A B C’s of engineering this year, even those who cannot yet spell e-n-g-i-n-e-e-r-i-n-g…

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