Snow! Snow! Snow!

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Name of Activity

Snow! Snow! Snow!

Author

STOMP

Keywords

vehicle, snow, Simple Machines, prototype, Engineering Design Process, constraints

Subject

Simple Machines

Grade Level

K, 1, 2, 3

Time

2 Hours Total

Brief Description

Students will be asked to design a vehicle that will clear three different types of “snow” from a path with a motorized simple machines car.

Lesson Objectives:

- To engage students in an open-ended engineering design challenge that utilizes their motorized vehicles and allows students to make a connection with the real world.

Materials Needed:

- Tape to mark the ‘road’.

- Packing peanuts (light snow).

- Extra white LEGO bricks (medium snow).

- Wet paper towel or small stones (wet/heavy snow).

- LEGO Simple Machines kits.

- ‘Engineer’s Planning Worksheet’.

- ‘Engineer’s Final Report’ Worksheet’.

- Pictures of different snowplow designs.

For Extensions:

- Ruler.

- Blank paper for advertisement.

Preparation and Set Up:

- Obtain three different types of snow.

- Set up three ‘roads’ with tape, one as a test site for each type of snow (light, medium, wet/heavy).

- Print out enough worksheets for the class.

- Print out photos of different snowplow designs/methods for removing snow (shovels, snowblowers, plows).

- Arrange students in pairs.

- Distribute LEGO Simple Machines kits.

Necessary Background

the engineering design process is an eight step process that engineers use to design:

Step 1. Identify the need/problem

Step 2. Research the need/problem

Step 3. Develop possible solutions

Step 4. Select the best possible solution

Step 5. Construct a prototype

Step 6. Test and evaluate the solution(s)

Step 7. Communicate the solution(s)

Step 8. Redesign

Vocabulary:

All pieces in LEGO Simple Machines kits

Prototype

Engineering design process

Constraints

Procedure

Author: STOMP Time: 1 – 2 one-hour class periods Description: Students will be asked to design a vehicle that will clear three different types of “snow” from a path with a motorized simple machines car. Grade Level:

  • K-3

Lesson Objectives: To engage students in an open-ended engineering design challenge that utilizes their motorized vehicles and allows students to make a connection with the real world. Materials Needed:

  • Tape to mark “road”
  • Packing Peanuts (light snow)
  • Extra white LEGO bricks (medium snow)
  • Wet Paper towel or small stones (wet/heavy snow)
  • LEGO Simple Machines kits
  • ‘Engineer’s Planning Worksheet’
  • ‘Engineer’s Final Report’ Worksheet
  • Pictures of different snowplow designs.

For Extensions

  • Ruler
  • Blank paper for advertisement.

Preparation and Setup:

  • Obtain three different types of snow.
  • Set up three “roads” with tape, one as a test site for each type of snow (light, medium, wet/heavy).
  • Print out enough worksheets for the class.
  • Print out photos of different snowplow designs/methods for removing snow (shovels, snowblowers, plows).
  • Arrange students in pairs
  • Distribute LEGO Simple Machines kits

Teacher Background: the engineering design process is an eight step process that engineers use to design: Step 1. Identify the need/problem Step 2. Research the need/problem Step 3. Develop possible solutions Step 4. Select the best possible solution Step 5. Construct a prototype Step 6. Test and evaluate the solution(s) Step 7. Communicate the solution(s) Step 8. Redesign Vocabulary:

  • All pieces in LEGO Simple Machines kits
  • Prototype
  • Engineering design process
  • Constraints

Procedure: Talk about this lesson using the Engineering Design Process

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