Cambridge Cycle 2- Engineering

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process through a project entitled, Egg Drop Challenge!  For this challenge, students took on the role of a packaging engineer

Throughout our time together, we talked about the shift toward online purchasing and how that affects the need for sufficient packaging.  We also talked about how technology will affect delivery of packages in the (near) future….drones!  All of these things have impacted the packaging of consumer goods to ensure that they arrive intact.

Students were involved in some research and talked about how Physics, the study of motion and energy, plays a vital role in this challenge. Students needed to learn about kinetic and potential energy and the force of gravity. Their challenge was to design a container that will protect the egg and absorb the force of it hitting the ground. Students were also encouraged to think about ways that they could counter the force of gravity and some added a parachute to their container to slow down the speed of the drop.

Part of the challenge involved taking on the real challenges an engineer faces and having to work within constraints of materials, budget, and time. They followed the steps of the Engineering Design Process to complete their work.

Connor and Sinai planned and constructed packaging made of cardboard, tape, and rubber bands. Their inner packaging consisted of shredded paper and cotton balls, which helped to keep their egg safe.

SUCCESS!

Sanya and Aida created packaging for their egg using a paper roll, glue, and cotton balls. While their egg did crack, the girls talked about a redesign which could include more cotton balls for additional cushion inside of the paper tube.

Ved, Aarav, and Akash constructed their egg packaging using a paper tube, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, and coffee filters. They attempted to create a parachute-like packaging. Although their egg broke, the boys discussed a redesign that would include more cushioning (cotton balls).

Close-up…

Aryan and Timur constructed their egg packaging from cotton balls, tape, string, and coffee filters. They attempted to slow the fall by using the coffee filter as a parachute. Although this design did not fully protect the egg, the boys discussed additional ways to cushion their egg if they had the benefit of a redesign.

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