Cycle 2 – Engineering at Brooks Crossing

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process.  They learned that Engineers think creatively about solving problems and responding to challenges that exist in our world.  Students also learned that engineers follow the steps of the Design Process to solve these problems:  Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve.

Students began the cycle with a quick challenge The Newspaper Challenge

Mission:  To build the tallest, free-standing tower you can.  Free-standing means that you cannot hold it up when time is up.

Materials:  2 sheets of newspaper, 4 inches of tape


After completing the challenge, they analyzed the steps they took to respond to it and the character traits they needed to be successful.

They were then presented with another challenge:  The Tall Tower Challenge

Mission:  To work in teams to build the tallest tower (measured from the top of the golf ball) you can to support the weight of a golf ball for 2 minutes.
Materials:  20 straws, 20 pipe cleaners, 10 paperclips, plastic golf ball, scissors

Using the steps of the Engineering Design Process, they worked in groups to respond to the challenge.

On the last day, students presented their solutions and reflected on their work.  As a group, they defined what it means to be an engineer, and the character traits needed to be successful.

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