Students must think like engineers to complete activities in this kit!
Activities in this kit challenge teams to plan, communicate, design solutions, and execute them together using the engineering design process for kids. Using elastic straps, students will work together to retrieve and move objects, create drawings, or solve math problems.
Games include moving a ball from one bucket into another without dropping it, using an attached device to draw shapes or answers to questions by maneuvering the straps, and moving beanbags from one spot to another.
Because each strap applies physical force on the central object, physics lessons abound. Students will discover forces of motion like pushing and pulling, then see how lighter and heavier objects are affected differently by forces. They will also contend with gravity as they work through challenging hands-on objectives, providing visual proof of this invisible force that permeates the real world.
Included lesson direction features 5 activities with corresponding lessons that spark meaningful discussions about teamwork, physical forces, and differences between precision and accuracy. The included lesson direction details setup instructions, activities by grade level, learning objectives, and teaching suggestions to expand lessons. The kit accommodates up to 15 students working together. Full contents list below. Recommended for Elementary and up.
- Bungees, Set of 2 (1 Ea Small, Large)
- Buckets, Set of 2 (1 Ea Small, Large)
- Target Mats, Set of 2 (1 Ea Small, Large)
- Boundary Rope, 1 Ea
- Whiteboard, 1 Ea
- Beanbags, Set of 2 (1 Ea Red, Blue)
- Marker, 1 Ea
- Wooden Dowel, 1 Ea
- PVC Cross, 1 Ea
- PVC Rod, 1 Ea
- Nylon Straps, 15 Ea
- Bowl/Dome Target, 1 Ea
- Dome Cone, 1 Ea
- Plastic Golf Balls, 12 Ea
- Large Ball, 1 Ea
- Lesson Direction, 1 Ea