This session gives students experiences building strong structures that meet specified requirements. They also learn about using simple machines to help make work easier.
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Lesson 1 Introduction - What is an engineer? Plastic rod structures Handout Lesson 2 Marble Roller Coasters Handout 1
Lesson 3 Newspaper Bridges I: Building with weak materials Lesson 4 Newspaper Bridges II: Making an even stronger bridge Handout 1
Lesson 5 Building a Suspension Bridge Handout 1
Lesson 6 What kind of bridge is best? Handout 1
Lesson 7 Pegboard Erector Sets I: Building a Railroad Bridge I Lesson 8 Pegboard Erector Sets II: Building a Railroad Bridge II Lesson 9 Simple Machines Handout Lesson 10 Potato Chip Factory Subsystem I Lesson 11 Potato Chip Factory Subsystem II Lesson 12 Potato Chip Factory Subsystem III Lesson 13 Nuts, bolts, screws, and triangles: Attaching things securely Lesson 14 Building with Basswood Strips (Catapult I) Handout 1
Lesson 15 Building with Basswood Strips (Catapult II) Lesson 16 Alternative Lesson 1 Introduction - What is an engineer? Newspaper structures Lesson 17 Alternative Lesson Idea - Attaching long objects securely and using triangles to make a strong structure