Here is an engineering design challenge that demonstrates how to design a solution to a problem that uses the balanced forces of gravity and magnetism. The “Design and Build a Fish Art Gallery” lesson encourages students to work in pairs to design, build, and test a solution to an artist’s dilemma of displaying his fish art in a way that the Art Gallery guests can view the fish from all sides (360 degrees). He has hired the Matisse Engineers, Inc. to come up with a solution to this problem. Unfortunately there are some constraints. His Fish Masterpieces must be up and on display in 30 minutes, and he only found a few items around the art gallery that may helpful in achieving this magical display.
Lesson Plan with NGSS Standards, Objectives, Learner Outcomes, Differentiation, Potential Scaffolding & Assessment
Problem & Task Announcement printout for students
Step-by-Step Description of Fish Art Display Worksheet
Design Reflection Worksheet
Magnetic or Not Magnetic T-chart
Paper Fish Templates
Engineering Design Process Rubric