This NGSS Aligned lesson provides students with an engineering design challenge scenario that is relevant to today's life: the plastic bag ban at grocery stores. Students have to create a replacement for a plastic bag using paper strips and a stapler; in essence, they need to make a paper chain plastic bag. The handy worksheets guide students through the process of establishing a problem, identifying constraints and establishing criteria as well as creating (and iterating) their attempt at a solution to the problem....the best part is the materials are cheap and easy to obtain...just paper and a stapler (and some soup cans to test their creations)
These printable worksheets also provide students with guiding questions to consider as they evaluate ANY Engineering Design challenge to aid them in learning exactly what to look for. Designed to meet NGSS standards these materials PERFECTLY scaffold instruction to a complete engineering design challenge.
You'll also like the printable handouts with icons representing EACH stage in the Engineering Design Process that could also be enlarged as attractive posters for your classroom.
This challenge PERFECTLY helps students secure their understanding of: Establishing the problem, Recognizing Constraints and Listing the Criteria for success, Creating, Evaluating and Iteration which are all part of Science and Engineering Practice #6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Your students will LOVE participating in this design activity as they work in their groups, and you'll LOVE the ease of this print-and-go resource. Answer key is included.
As always, thanks for ✨Using Your Smarticles✨
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