EDISON, NJ-- Fifth graders were charged with research and design of their own working mazes. They investigated various types of mazes and their uses. They were also introduced to vocabulary such as blind alley and obstructions, as they were to incorporate these into their final construction.
Each maze was required to have a theme, and students were required to use only a certain set of materials. The result was a wide variety of working mazes that required detailed planning and lots of trial and error. The students also submitted templates outlining their reflection during each step of the engineering design process.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit www.whschool.org/admission/take-a-virtual-tour.