In this GATE engineering journey, students will each construct a very cool Ferris wheel prototype as a final product. Along the way, they will examine primary source images, read primary source history, and integrate math, engineering, and economics in a learning process which incorporates best practices in gifted and talented education for 21st Century Learners.
This is a challenging engineering project—teacher guided. I used it for GATE 4th grade; however, my kids are experienced builders. This project is appropriate up through 7th and 8th grade or would make an great independent study with a little guidance.
In this unit, you get several ready-to-print primary sources activities with sample answers, Common Core references in both reading and math, and bunches of pictures with explanations to guide you through the Ferris wheel building process.
Estimated cost, per student, to build the Ferris wheel prototypes: $6.00, cheaper if materials are purchased in bulk. Some alternatives are suggested which will lower the cost slightly.
Teaching Duration: from 12 to 18 hours.
See the preview for a materials list and breakdown of the primary sources activities as well as the Common Core standards.