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Tuesday November 22, 2016 at 12:29pm Age: 1 year
Category: District, Otisville Elementary

WHAT'S A TARPUL? OTISVILLE'S 5TH GRADERS CAN BUILD THEM!


A STEM unit on planet Earth took Mrs. Louey’s fifth graders halfway around the globe to a place that relies on ancient technology to move people and goods across mountains, and over river valleys.

 

In the lead up to their exploration, students learned about our planet’s layers, soil composition, and the enduring effects of erosion and deposition on the earth’s geology. 

 

That’s how they got to Nepal, home to the Himalayas and an intricate, flood-prone river system. How do the Nepalese travel across such challenging terrain? By TarPul, of course! 

 

Working in groups, and thinking like engineers, students built their own TarPul or wire bridge models and tested their viability on different types of soil, using samples created in class.

 

In addition to STEM and team-building skills, students learned and applied a wealth of science vocabulary, and got a glimpse of life in other parts of the world.