This activity combines critical thinking, engineering design, creativity and teamwork as students collaborate to design, build, test and market a snack tower.
Students will learn and follow the engineering design process as they work in teams to complete the challenge. As part of the marketing process, each team will create a commercial for their finished tower, keeping in mind their target market--football fans who want a fun and festive food tower to gather around as they cheer on their favorite teams!
The target students for this activity are 7th-9th graders who are interested in engineering. It is great for an "Intro to Engineering" course because it introduces the engineering design process as well as different engineering and management disciplines.
The available building materials listed in this lab are: popsicle sticks, straws, string, duct tape, masking tape, super glue, hot glue, construction paper, cardstock, scissors Xacto knives, tape measures, rulers, and toothpicks.
The package includes:
1. A concept review of the engineering design process and detailed descriptions of all of the engineering and management disciplines involved in the activity.
2. A pre-activity practice worksheet that allows students to apply their knowledge to problems similar to those that they will encounter during the activity.
3. A materials list and a step-by-step procedure.
4. A general data sheet for students to record information as they complete the engineering design process.
5. Specific data sheets for students in each of the engineering and management roles to complete.
6. Instructions on how to effectively market the product in the product commercial.
7. A "Peer and Self Evaluation" form.
8. Discussion questions that reflect upon the product, design and marketing processes, and the requirements for a good team.
9. A step-by-step breakdown of the engineering design process as it applied to this activity.
10. A list of NGSS and ITEEA standards that apply to this activity.
11. A sample answer key.
12. A font agreement from Kevin Richey, creator of the "mostly mono" font used in the documents.
Enjoy my "Fall Football Food Tower" activity and please keep my store in mind for other hands-on STEM challenges!