Type:

Other

Description:

This activity is a short engineering design challenge to be completed by individual students or small teams. A real-world problem is presented, designing buildings for hurricane-prone areas, but in a simulated way that works in a classroom, after school club, or informal education setting. Students are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan. After the towers are built, the group comes together to test them. If there is time after testing, which can be observational or framed as a contest between teams, students can redesign their towers to improve their performance, or simply discuss what worked well and what didn’t in their designs.

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

NSDL,Hurricane damage,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Mathematics:Problem solving,High School Programming,Mathematics,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140811103346311T,Earth Science,Upper Elementary,Structural engineering,Atmospheric science,History of science,Informal Education,GPM,Middle School,Earth and space science:Earth processes:Weather,Middle School Programming,The nature of technology,Elementary School,History/Policy/Law,TRMM,Youth Public,The nature of science,Natural disasters,High School,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics:Measurement,Technology,Geoscience

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike

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