Build a Big Wheel

This Build a Big Wheel lesson plan also includes:

As Albert Einstein once said, "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work." When it comes to creating something new, it takes perseverance and the right attitude. Engineers face a variety of challenges and several iterations when designing a new structure. While there is no need to reinvent the wheel, sometimes there are modifications required when a wheel has a new purpose. Allow your middle and/or high schoolers an opportunity to work together to design and build a scale version of a ferris wheel using pasta, cardboard tubes, glue, and other basic materials.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable

  • Real-world challenges
  • Builds teamwork skills and has learners reflect on their team experience
  • Focuses on design reiterations, meeting several Next Generation Science Standards

  • Instructions not explicit (may require team roles or direct instruction on working as a team)
  • Materials list is repeated twice
  • London Eye may not be relevant to many students