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.
Sanvi and Pranavi utilized cardboard, masking tape, and aluminum foil to construct a waterproof roof. The overhang of their roof allowed for efficient runoff of water, ensuring a successful design.
Ismaeel, Kavin, and Roshan constructed a successful waterproof roof using cardboard for stability and masking tape as a water repellent. Their next step would include an efficient gutter system.
Sasmit and Saim used cardboard and masking tape to construct their waterproof roof. They utilized a pipe cleaner covered in tape as the beginning of a gutter system. Look closely to notice how they’ve angled the gutter to carry water away from the structure.
Mihira and Shrimayi constructed a successful waterproof roof using cardboard, masking tape, and aluminum foil. Their gutter system (look closely at the masking tape ) carried water away from their structure efficiently.