Ship the Chip

This Ship the Chip activity & project also includes:

Here is a tasty challenge, especially for middle school engineers: design a container that meets mass and volume criteria, and will safely transport a tortilla or potato chip through the mail without damaging it! Mostly, this is a crisp activity in engineering design. What fun it will be to receive the packages back and open them to find out which team will reign as the chip-shipping champions!

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Pros

  • A clever approach to engineering design
  • Encourages collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving
  • Can be used to meet various engineering goals for the Next Generation Science Standards
Cons

  • None
Common Core