Constable Cycle 2 – Engineering

During this cycle, students learned a great deal about Engineering, focusing on the Engineering Design Process.  Students had the opportunity to take on the role of a structural engineer with a challenge titled Waterproof that Roof! As a group, we brainstormed real-life connections and discussed the need for sturdy, waterproof structures that can withstand extreme weather.  We also did a bit of research on roof pitch and construction. Students have begun to understand the need for gutter systems, and the difference between absorbent and repellent materials. 
Aside from learning about roof design and construction, students faced real-life constraints including material choices, budget, and time. They followed the steps of the Engineering Design Process to complete their work. 

Owen and Akul constructed a waterproof roof using cardboard, masking tape, and popsicle sticks. They lined the inside of the roof with aluminum foil to act as a water-repellant. If they were to redesign their structure, the boys would add a gutter system to their roof overhang.

Harshita and Chi-Ray constructed a successful waterproof roof using cardboard, masking tape, aluminum foil and masking tape. They even added cotton balls for insulation! The girls included straws for a gutter system.

Akshada, Sarina, and Dishi constructed a waterproof roof using cardboard, aluminum foil, and masking tape. Their steep pitch allowed for water to runoff efficiently. If they were to redesign, the girls would add a gutter system.

Shanmukha and Maanav constructed their waterproof roof using popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, masking tape, and aluminum foil. They utilized cotton balls for insulation. The steeply-pitched roof allowed water to runoff. If they were to redesign, the boys would continue working on making an efficient gutter system.

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