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By Ximena Dominguez Ximena Dominguez at 10:31 AM PDT, Tue Aug 16, 2016

I recently visited a preschool classroom where children were working together to engineer a structure that would guide a ball into their water table (some of them were wondering if the ball would sink or float if it rolled in). Children were carefully considering design options (as engineers would); discussing how tall the block tower should be to hold the ramp, shouting numbers and phrases like “that would be not tall enough because the table is taller” (comparing and measuring like mathematicians); making predictions and documenting their observations (like scientists); and using an iPad to record their...

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