Magazine article Technology and Children

Snips

Magazine article Technology and Children

Snips

Article excerpt

Children's engineering incorporates creativity and problem-solving skills. These skills are not only essential for the students, but for the teachers as well. Many design projects require a variety of materials and the use of numerous tools. Common classroom tools are hammers, drills, saws, and scissors. An important goal of elementary teachers is to have tools available that are easily handled and safe for all students.

When designing, building, and testing, students utilize many materials that need to be cut. The problem that arises is that the material may be soft and pliable, or thick and coarse. Cardboard, thin wood, soft metal, fabrics, Styrofoam, and plastics are just a few items that elementary students will need to cut through in order to successfully build their projects. Students' creativity shouldn't be limited because materials aren't available to them. They need to be able to choose a variety of materials so that their projects can be the very best that they wish them to be.

Sometimes ordinary scissors just won't get the job done. Many times scissors are not strong enough to slice through thick items. There is a special cutting tool called "snips" that is much stronger than scissors. …

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