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.
Anya, Katelin, and Niharika created a waterproof roof using felt, aluminum foil, popsicle sticks, and masking tape. This group also attempted to add a gutter system after learning about the importance of carrying water away from a house. If given the chance to redesign, the girls said they would work on making a more efficient gutter system using other materials to catch the water.
Anika, Deeksha, and Milan created a waterproof roof using popsicle sticks, felt, and masking tape. They showed a strong understanding of the pitch of a roof, and attempted to add a gutter system. If they could redesign, this group would cover all sides of their structure and work on a more sophisticated gutter system.
Aryan, Kairav, and Mayank created a waterproof roof using cardboard, straws, masking tape, aluminum foil, popsicle sticks, and coffee filters. Although their roof was waterproof, the boys agreed that adding a working gutter system would enhance their design.