This activity combines critical thinking, budgeting, engineering design, and teamwork as students collaborate to design, build and test a functional and cost-effective crane prototype. Each team's crane will have to secure and lift a cup of water onto a 2-foot high platform without spilling it!
The target students for this activity are advanced 8th and 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.
All of the suggested materials listed in the activity can be purchased on Amazon or in stores at places like Walmart. If you don't have access to all of the materials listed, don't worry! The materials list is just a suggested one and you can always adjust the project to include different materials.
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 list of material prices that will allow students to budget properly.
5. A data sheet for students to record information as they complete the engineering design process.
6. A detailed description of each component of the PowerPoint presentation that students will need to create about their project.
7. A "Peer and Self Evaluation" form.
8. A "Real-World Scenario" discussion question that allows students to connect the elements of this activity to the real world.
7. "Standards Alignment" pages that highlight the NGSS and ITEEA standards that apply to the activity.
8. A sample answer key and a sample grading rubric.
9. A font agreement from Kevin Richey, creator of the "mostly mono" font used in the documents.
Enjoy my "Build on a Budget" activity and please keep my store in mind for other hands-on STEM challenges!