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
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