|Name of Activity||Mousetrap Building, Testing, and Redesigning|
|Author||Terry Greene, Merredith Portsmore, Abe Gissen|
|Keywords||mousetrap, LEGO, sculpture, test, evaluate, redesign, prototype, engineering design process|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3|
|Time||4 Hours Total|
|Brief Description||Students will construct a prototype of a part of the Mousetrap LEGO sculpture. They will test, evaluate, and redesign the part.|
|Lesson Objectives:||To gain experience with and build an understanding of the steps of the engineering design process.|
|Materials Needed:||LEGO Team Challenge kits for each group of 2 – 4
Computer running ROBOLAB
MINDSTORMS for schools using ROBOLAB manual (in kits)
Designing a Mousetrap Sculpture Response Sheet
Mousetrap Game by Milton Bradley
Poster of the design process
Various kinds of balls (tennis, golf, marbles, etc.)
|Preparation and Set Up:||Gather necessary materials.
Designate a spot in the classroom for project storage.
Make enough copies of the worksheet (attached) for every student in the class.
Arrange students into groups of 2 – 4.
Distribute necessary materials.
|Necessary Background||Teachers should review the engineering design process so that they can emphasize the process in class (see attached document).