Lesson Plan

Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge

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Engineering enthusiasts are sure to explode in understanding as they practice the engineering design process (EDP). A container of "toxic popcorn" is placed in the classroom. Teams must work together to devise a method for removing it safely. Plan on awarding successful teams with a delicious snack at the end of the challenge.

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  • Hands-on activity provides practice with problem-solving and critical-thinking 
  • An outstanding way of getting learners to collaborate in order to address a challenge
  • Designed to meet engineering goals, including those in the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Includes a colorful and clearly written student guide 
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