Heavy Lifting

Astronauts need a way to lift heavy objects. Pupils design and build a crane out of cardboard and determine ways to improve their cranes based upon the outcomes of testing. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Determine the mechanical advantage of the crane
  • Create groups to decrease the number of cranes built and the amount of time needed to build
Classroom Considerations

  • Gather the materials needed to build each crane
  • Part four of a six-part series
Pros

  • Provides examples of fixes to common issues
  • Teacher builds a simple crane from a pencil, string, and a ruler to demonstrate the workings of a crane
Cons

  • Claims to have mathematical connections, though only through measurement that is below grade level