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Engineering design projects serve as great opportunities for collaborative problem solving. In this case, students work in small groups designing, building, and eventually testing a structure that meets a teacher-specified objective. It could be making the tallest tower, or creating a structure that can support the most weight. The lesson concludes with a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the different designs, making comparisons with real-world structures and practical applications. Consider setting a side one hour each week for this and other engineering design challenges, teaching young learners how to apply their knowledge and experience to creatively solve problems.
- Open-ended problem encourages learners to develop unique and creative solutions
- Provides suggestions for making cross-curricular connections with social studies and math
- A worksheet or graphic organizer may be needed to support young engineers with the design process
- Requires the collection of everyday items for use as building materials