This activity was designed specifically to address the engineering design standards for K-2. (K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, and K-2-ETS-3) The NGSS includes engineering practices and standards for all students in grades K-12. At the introductory level (K-12) , students begin to understand a basic process for engineering design. Although the engineering design process is not taught explicitly, 3 simple steps are emphasized as students engaged in simple engineering design challenges. First, students need to be able to understand a problem. In this activity the problem is that Fuzzy the cat needs a safe place to hang out and play away from 2 new puppies in the house. The next step is to develop a solution. Students sketch out ideas of how they might solve Fuzzy's problem and then get to work building a solution. The final step is to compare different solutions. Students compare their solution with their classmates. Several activity sheets guide students thought this engaging activity. A variety of materials can be used, depending on what you have on hand.
Although this actiivty was designed specifically for 2nd grade, it would be appropriate for 1st-3rd grade.
If you like this actiivty, check out a similar engineering challenge designed for lower elementary grades:
Ice Cube Challenge
This actiivty is part of a 2ND GRADE ENTIRE YEAR bundle for science and engineering. Check it out here;
2nd Grade Entire Year Bundle
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