A Question of Balance

This A Question of Balance activity & project also includes:

It's a neat idea, but the task of designing a system for filling jars with consistent specific amounts of a product may be a little out of reach, especially for younger pupils. Intended as an engineering design lesson, this may be better used in a measurement unit. A well-written handout about scales and manufacturing engineering is provided; this piece alone has value for an engineering or STEM lesson.

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NGSS: Designed
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  • Useful reading material for an engineering or STEM class
  • Meant to meet Next Generation Science Standards 

  • Limited in terms of open-ended design; most likely all groups will use a simple balance method for addressing the task
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