Engineering Week 2017 Activity List

February 21st, 2017-February 27th, 2017  

Activity

Grade Level

Time Required

Challenge

(LP link)

Learning Target(s)

STEM Principle(s)  

STEM Habit(s) of Mind

Materials/Resources  

  1. Zip Line

Design and build something that can carry a ping-pong ball from the top of a zip line string to the bottom in the fastest time.  

http://www-tc.pbskids.org/designsquad/pdf/parentseducators/DS_Act_Guide_ZipLine.pdf 

-Engineers can develop and use a model that carries a ping pong ball down a zip line.  

-Engineers can obtain, evaluate, and communicate information on which designs carried the ping pong ball down the zip line the fastest.    

Aerodynamics

-Collaboration

-Creativity

-Thinking  

  flexibly

-Persisting

-1 3 oz paper cup*

-1 ping pong ball*

-4 straws*

-2 washers*

-50 cm of masking tape*

*Per group

Zip Line Setup                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -4 Feet of fishing line

-1 Chair

-2 Books (heavy)  

2. Basketball Tower

Design and build a tower that can hold a basketball.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-STEM-Challenge-Basketball-Tower-2428160 

-Engineers can develop and use a model that can withhold the weight of a basketball.

Structures

-Collaboration

-Creativity

-Thinking  

  flexibly

-Persisting

-Newspaper*

-50 cm of masking tape*

-Basketball*

*Per Group

3. Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat

PreK-2

http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/dr-seuss-stem-challenge-cup-tower-stacking-cat-hat/

To build the cat hat in the hat as tall as you can just using paper and cups

Engineers can develop and build  a model.

Engineers can plan and carry out an investigation to build a stable model.

Structure

Collaboration

Creativity

Thinking Flexibly

Persisting

5  Red and White small and large cups

White a paper cut into square

6 White paper can be a 4x4 square or 3x3

4. Launcher 

Design and build a device that launches a soft object into the air. The farther it travels the better.

http://childhood101.com/2014/08/create-an-engineering-mystery-bag-challenge-for-kids/

Engineers can develop and build  a model.

Engineers can plan and carry out an investigation to build a stable model.

Structures

Forces & Motion

Collaboration

Creativity

Thinking Flexibly

Persisting

Pom poms(or other small, soft object)

Large index cards

Paper drinking cups

Tape

Drinking straws

Popsticks

Rubber bands

String

Paper clips

5. Marble Run

Design and build a freestanding marble run.

http://childhood101.com/2014/08/create-an-engineering-mystery-bag-challenge-for-kids/

Scroll down past the launcher challenge.

Engineers can develop and build  a model.

Engineers can plan and carry out an investigation to build a stable model.

Forces & Motion

Collaboration

Creativity

Thinking Flexibly

Persisting

Marbles

Tape

A cardboard tube

Large index cards

Large popsticks

Paper clips

6. Two Wheel Balloon Car

http://ds-assets.pbskids.org/diy/2wheelcar-english.pdf

Design and build a device that can move the furthest using only the air in a balloon.

Scientists can plan and carry out an investigation that test variables that affect the distance a device can travel.   

Engineers can obtain, evaluate, and communicate information  

Systems thinking

Creativity

Optimism

Collaboration

communication

• 1 balloon (9-inch or smaller) • 1 flexible straw • 1 wooden tongue depressor or craft stick • 1 straight straw • 2 candy mints (with a hole in the middle) • tape • rubber band (optional)

7.  Paper Airplane

http://www.foldnfly.com/index.html

**NOTE** There will be a paper airplane contest !!***

Build a paper airplane that flies the farthest and/or stays aloft the longest.

Paper, scissors