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.
Austin, Dev, and Manuel created their waterproof roof using straws, masking tape, cardboard, and aluminum foil. They began thinking about a gutter system, which they would add if given the time to redesign. The boys agree that a more steeply-pitched roof would also be more efficient.
Sendalan, Arush. and Arav created a waterproof roof using popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and masking tape. They used a steep pitch to allow water to move away from their structure. The boys agree that they would add a gutter system if given the time to redesign.
Jyothika, Sachleen, and Farhana created their waterproof roof using straws, cotton balls, aluminum foil, and masking tape. Their roof was steeply-pitched and had the beginnings of a gutter system.
Hetarth, Ishani, and Radha created a waterproof roof using popsicle sticks, leaves, cotton balls, and masking tape. Their roof was steeply-pitched, which carried water away from the structure. They would add a gutter system if given the time to redesign.