8th-grade engineering elective promotes empathy

Students in Brian Gallagher’s eighth-grade LAUNCH Design Engineering elective combine math, empathy and career skills as they create meaningful projects. One group of students is using the LAUNCH toolkit framework, conceived by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani, to design and assemble sensory toys — such as patterned fabric squares and a textured, weighted stuffed animal — for elementary-school students with learning challenges.

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