In­spire­townsville@ DE­SIGN CHAL­LENGES


AGROUP of Year 7 stu­dents have been in­volved in a de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram called De­sign Squad Global ( DSG).

We have been work­ing with stu­dents f from Pierce County Mid­dle School in B Black­s­hear, Ge­or­gia, USA. Each Wed­nes­day we were set an en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge us­ing the de­sign process to solve prob­lems and dis­cover that en­gi­neer­ing is a pow­er­ful tool for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world.

In the first week of DSG we dis­cussed ev­ery­one’s thoughts on what en­gi­neer­ing was. We also did a chal­lenge called Pop Fly.

This ac­tiv­ity in­volved creat­ing a de­vice that would send a ping- pong ball fly­ing to hit a tar­get. In the fi­nal trial one group suc­cess­fully man­aged to hit the tar­get.

An­other de­sign chal­lenge was Safe Land­ing, where we had to drop an egg from the bal­cony and make sure it did not crack when it hit the ground.

To pro­vide shock re­sis­tance we had to place the egg in a cup and use pa­per springs or cot­ton wool balls to act as shock ab­sorbers. The fly­ing de­vice also had a para­chute at­tached. We tri­alled this ex­per­i­ment with a weighted ping- pong ball and then the real thing. For­tu­nately, ev­ery­one’s egg sur­vived and made a safe, crack- free land­ing.

The fol­low­ing week we par­tic­i­pated in a new chal­lenge, Help­ing Hand. In this chal­lenge we had to try to get an item down from a height with­out us­ing our hands. Ev­ery­one used their own unique strat­egy to solve this chal­lenge.

Af­ter the hol­i­days we started on a new chal­lenge which was to make an earth­quake safe build­ing.

This was a su­per hard chal­lenge given our ma­te­ri­als were re­stricted to cof­fee stir­rers and plas­ticine.

We also had to use the shape of a square and a tri­an­gle some­where in the build­ing. This really put our de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing skills to the test. When we tested our build­ings all of our de­signs with­stood our “earth­quake” ma­chine.

This was truly a fun and chal­leng­ing af­ter- school ac­tiv­ity which tested our skills and abil­ity to work as de­sign en­gi­neers and as a team.

We would like to thank Mrs Hamil­ton for sup­port­ing us with our weekly chal­lenges and pro­vid­ing us with the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in this pro­gram.

Our 2017 Year 7 De­sign Squad Global stu­dents, Alyssa, Ryanne, Phoebe, Alex, Chyna, Ruby and Han­nah, all en­joyed it very much and learnt a lot about en­gi­neer­ing in the com­mu­nity. STU­DENTS, EMAIL YOUR LET­TERS TO

The St Mar­garet Mary’s Col­lege Year 7 De­sign Squad Global team.

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