Reflection: Classroom Setup Rescue Crane/Lifter - Section 2: Activity


I have a problem with throwing anything away as I see everything as having the potential to be turned into something else! Because of this, I have a LOT of random stuff.  These students chose to use some balsa wood that I had left over from an engineering competition for 8th grade students, the National Fluid Power Challenge (it is pretty great, I highly recommend looking into this if you have some flexibility with your curriculum and/or schedule).

In retrospect, access to this wood might have made engineering this lifter a little easier than I typically prefer. When I do this again, I will add a restriction that their machine includes a minimum of 4 different materials that each perform a significant task (so they don't just attempt to add decorations as a material). This will force students to think a bit more creatively and add a level of challenge that I feel is more appropriate for the eighth grade level.

  Classroom Setup: Materials
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Rescue Crane/Lifter

Unit 9: End It With Engineering
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT use the provided materials to construct a rescue lifter that can support a set weight.

Big Idea: Students use the design process to design, construct and improve a rescue lifter.

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