Engineering Design Challenge 2013

by Mrs. Nilsen on June 8th, 2013

Weekly Science News 6/3 - 6/7

This year, students designed and built a device to protect and accurately deliver a dropped egg. The device and its contents represented a care package that must be safely delivered to people in a disaster area with no road access. In a similar fashion to a team of design engineers, students designed devices using a number of design constraints including limited supplies. The activity emphasized the change from potential energy to kinetic energy of the device and its contents and the energy transfer that occurs on impact. 

Schedule of the Week:
Monday – Meet partner and make a plan
Tuesday – Building Day #1 (all grades)
Wednesday – Test Day (6th and 7th grades only)
Thursday – Building Day #2 (6th and 7th graders) and Egg Drop (8th graders)
Friday – Egg Drop (6th and 7th graders)

Student Guidelines:
1.    You must work with your partner.  Part of your score will come from how well you work together as a team.
2.     Design something to protect your egg.
3.     You are limited to the supplies listed above. 
4.     In addition, you are in competition with each other to see who can use the least supplies possible and still accomplish the task (the egg not breaking).  Different materials will be worth different amounts of points (see back). 
5.     You must leave some way for the teacher to check to see if the egg has cracked (which means I either need to be able to see it, or touch it, or open your device within 30 seconds to see it or touch it.)
6.     You must design your device by making a drawing and writing at least one short paragraph stating what you are wanting to do and why.
7.     If you break your egg early, you will have a penalty.

Note: remember, you are trying to gain the LEAST amount of points – like golf – by using the least materials.

·         1 raw egg (20 pts each)
·         2 feet of Tape (1 pt for each foot)
·         White liquid glue (no point penalty)
·         5 sheets of paper (2 pts each)
·         10 pipe cleaners (1 pt each)
·         15 cottonballs (3 pts each)
·         3 wide rubber bands (2 pts each)
·         10 popsicle sticks (1 pt each)
·         6 ft. yarn (1 pt per foot)
·         1 sheet of aluminum foil (10 pts for using any part of it)
·         1 paper grocery bag (15 pts for using any part of it)
·         10 plastic straws (1 pt each)

What a fun week it was!  Take a look below to see some of the students work both in progress and during our Egg Drop.  I was really impressed with some of the designs and projects.  Way to go Seniors on this last, fun unit!


Lots going on next week!  Be sure you read the weekly memo from the office: Weekly Memo - June 7th.

Also, here's what the week looks like Science wise next week:

Monday, June 10th - Final Science Projects for all three grades due today!
Tuesday, June 11th  - No Science due to 8th grade project presentations.
Wednesday, June 12th - Last day of Science for all grades.  Last day of school for the 8th graders!
Thursday, June 13th - No rotations.  Field Day in the morning, room(s) clean up in the afternoon.
Friday, June 14th - Class Parties in the morning.  Dismissal at 1:00 pm.

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