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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.
- 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