Junior EngineersGrades K - 6
Putting minds in motion for students in kindergarten through grade six.
Activities are designed to blend engineering, science and technology with hands-on experience and creative opportunities. These courses tackle some of the most interesting and innovative topics being studied within the fields of engineering, technology and applied science and offer students a unique look at the inner workings of the engineering marvel that is the Sea to Sky Gondola.
Grade K - 2: Force and Motion - How We Move
Get ready to delve into the world of movement and fun! Students will investigate the natural laws of basic movement and force. We will look into what basic forces are at work in the Suspension Bridge and the operation of the Sea to Sky Gondola, and put the concepts into action with engaging experiments and activities.
Grade 3 - 4: Energy is Everywhere
Think of all the sources of energy we see every day! Energy is all around us and we need it to meet our basic daily needs. Students will examine thermal energy transfers in some modern feats of engineering – the Suspension Bridge and the Sea to Sky Gondola, as well as in nature. We then take part in a series of mini-experiments and demonstrations to discover sources and transfers of thermal energy.
Grade 5 - 6: Simple Machines - Having a Mechanical Advantage
Have you ever wondered how engineers help us travel faster, more efficiently and more comfortably? In this course we look into the mechanical advantage of simple machines such as the lever, wedge, wheel and pulley, and how they work in the Sea to Sky Gondola. We’ll also explore Newton’s Laws of Motion and the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces with the Gondola, Suspension Bridge, and then our own outdoor experiments and demonstrations.