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 Paper Bridge Challenge
Mission: Design and build a paper bridge that spans at least 6 inches and can hold the most weight without collapsing. Weight will be measured in the number of pennies it can hold. The bridge will be set up between two chairs when tested.
Materials: 1 sheet of paper, 5 paperclips
They were then presented with another challenge: The Popsicle Bridge Challenge
Your Mission: You are part of a team of engineers who have been given the challenge to design a bridge out of popsicle sticks and glue. The bridge must span at least 12 inches in length. When it has been constructed, it will have to be able to rest between two chairs. The challenge is to build the sturdiest bridge that can hold the most weight (we will measure the weight in the number of pennies your bridge can hold.) You are also encouraged to use the fewest number of popsicle sticks possible to achieve your goal.
Your Materials: popsicle sticks, glue