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Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge
Engineering enthusiasts are sure to explode in understanding as they practice the engineering design process (EDP). A container of "toxic popcorn" is placed in the classroom. Teams must work together to devise a method for removing it safely.
3rd - 12th Science 110 Views 87 Downloads
After reading about the history of tape dispensers, learners compare and contrast different dispenser designs. Next, teams work within budgetary and time constraints to design a better dispenser. When finished, each engineer reflects on the experience and answers some evaluation questions.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 20 Views 10 Downloads
Ship the Chip
Here is a tasty challenge, especially for middle school engineers: design a container that meets mass and volume criteria, and will safely transport a tortilla or potato chip through the mail without damaging it! Mostly, this is a crisp lesson in engineering design.
3rd - 12th Science 49 Views 79 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Ship the Chip
Engineers face a variety of challenges to solve; help your future engineers practice designing a solution to a simple, yet common issue: shipping items without damage. Teams will work together to design and test a shipping system for a single potato chip; success will be based upon how many pieces the chip is in once it has been through the postal system and returned to the school - the fewer breaks, the higher the score.
4th - 12th Science 13 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Life Vest Challenge
After reading about the history and science of personal floatation devices, patents, and intellectual property, engineering teams design a life vest for a can of soup. To evaluate which groups considered the need for waterproofing, hold a classroom challenge to find out how long each PFD will keep the can afloat!
3rd - 12th Science 35 Views 34 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Challenge young learners to cut the clutter with this fun engineering project. As employees of a home and office supply company, young engineers are asked to develop devices that organize everyday items. After participating in a mini-lesson on categorization, students work through the steps of the engineering design process in small groups, eventually creating a prototype of their product.
5th - 8th Technology & Engineering 21 Views 15 Downloads
Water Tower Challenge
Providing clean water to a town is quite a feat... is your class up for the challenge? After a short reading about water towers, groups work together to design a working water delivery system. The water flow must be adjustable (able to turn on and off) and the water must move from the storage container to a new location.
3rd - 12th Science 32 Views 18 Downloads
Get it Write
In an effort to practice engineering design, STEM classes break out into teams and endeavor to make a working ink pen. To prepare, they read about writing implements through history, patents, and viscosity of liquids. Armed with this information, they make their plans.
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering 37 Views 28 Downloads
Using popsicle sticks and glue, groups must work together to design and build a bridge that can support weight and is aesthetically pleasing. The lesson begins by learners reading about different features of bridge architecture, followed by design and building of the bridge, and finally, each learner answers reflection questions.
2nd - 12th Math 58 Views 42 Downloads
Tall Tower Challenge
A fun and challenging activity for nearly any age group, partners must work together to build the tallest structure possible using paper clips, straws, and pipe cleaners. In addition to being tall, the structure must also be able to support a golf ball for two minutes.
2nd - 12th Science 43 Views 30 Downloads
Soda Straw Rockets
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science lesson! Beginning with a discussion about rockets and gravity, young scientists go on to complete a series of worksheets about net forces before designing and testing their own paper rockets.
K - 6th Science 145 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Using a cut-out template of a whirligig, emerging engineers experiment with flight behavior. After you teach them the concepts of force, air resistance, and lift, they discuss what variables on the whirligigs might be changed in order to alter the descent time.
6th - 8th Language Arts 46 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Light but Strong: A Lesson in Engineering
Aspiring space engineers design a rocket launch platform together to explore materials. The platform needs to be lightweight so that it can be transported easily, but super strong so that it can support the weight of the rocket and its crew.
K - 5th Science 23 Views 17 Downloads
Rubber Band Racers
After reading a brief overview of automobile history and introduction to energy and motion, automotive engineering teams plan, construct, test, and evaluate a rubber-band-powered car. This manipulative experience can enrich understanding of kinetic and potential energy, so consider using the lesson in a physical science class or, as intended, an engineering class.
3rd - 12th Math 106 Views 176 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Working under specific constraints and with designated criteria, groups work together to create a product using an assembly line process. In addition, they work through the entire engineering design process with an excellent graphic to help them.
2nd - 12th Science 10 Views 6 Downloads
It's time to soak up the sun! Youngsters read about active and passive solar heating systems, then they collaborate to create a miniature solar-heated building. Provide a variety of materials for them to incorporate and watch their designs take shape!
3rd - 12th Science 64 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Sound engineers investigate the structural design of a musical instrument, the recorder. They work in collaborative groups to choose an instrument to build out of everyday craft materials. It must be able to repeat a three-note sequence at least three times.
3rd - 12th Science 50 Views 56 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Playing with Parachutes
This lesson certainly will not be a drag! Little engineers design parachutes that make use of air resistance and, as a result, slow the descent of the payload as much as possible. It is an opportunity to teach about many motion concepts: air resistance, drag, gravity, Newton's laws of motion, etc.
3rd - 12th Science 59 Views 73 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Hold a free-throw shooting challenge in your engineering class! Each team must design a contraption that will fire off a "robot arm" or, more specifically, a catapult, to send a Ping-Pong ball into a basket. Use this as an opportunity to teach mature learners about precision and accuracy, and for the rest, about teamwork and engineering design.
3rd - 12th Math 43 Views 42 Downloads CCSS: Designed