This program must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
Using an array of common materials, students build bridges, towers and structures over four consecutive sessions. Topics include forces, motion, energy, designing within constraints and working as a group. Please note this program will take place over multiple days.
This program takes place in the Physics Lab in the Turbine Exhibit Hall. Combine this program with a field trip to the museum.
Structure and Function:
4.1E.1 - Identify properties, uses, and availability of Earth materials.
3.4D.1 - Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design, propose a potential solution, and design a prototype.
4.4D.1 - Identify a problem that can be addressed through engineering design using science principles.
4.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
4.4D.3 - Explain how the solution to one problem may create other problems.
5.4D.1 - Using science principles describe a solution to a need or problem given criteria and constraints.
5.4D.2 - Design and build a prototype of a proposed engineering solution and identify factors such as cost, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and what will happen if the solution fails.
6.4D.1 - Define a problem that addresses a need and identify science principles that may be related to possible solutions.
6.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a possible solution to a defined problem using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed engineering design solutions to the defined problem.
7.4D.1 - Define a problem that addresses a need and identify constraints that may be related to possible solutions.
7.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a possible solution using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate the proposed solutions to identify how design constraints are addressed.
8.4D.1 - Define a problem that addresses a need, and using relevant science principles investigate possible solutions given specified criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs.
8.4D.2 - Design, construct, and test a proposed engineering design solution and collect relevant data. Evaluate a proposed design solution in terms of design and performance criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs. Identify possible design improvements.