|Name of Activity||Engineering and Conservation|
|Keywords||house, LEGOs, materials, found materials, resources, resourcefulness, conservation, Engineering Design Process, renewable, non-renewable|
|Subject||Non-LEGO, LEGO Building|
|Grade Level||4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will be asked to build a house (out of LEGOs or non-LEGO materials). Students
will not be aware that after the first house they will be asked to build a second house
using the materials that they have left over. This will continue until it is impossible for
the student to build more houses. This should lead to a discussion on resource use and
engineering while being aware of conservation.
|Lesson Objectives:||– To reinforce the Engineering Design Process.
– To teach students about the relationship between engineering and conservation.
– To teach students how they can participate in conservation.
|Materials Needed:||Planning Worksheet
Review of Activity Worksheet
One kit per pair of students
|Preparation and Set Up:||Make enough copies of the worksheet for each
Setup the PowerPoint presentation (attached)
Gather materials and make kits for students to use
Engineering Design Process
Renewable vs. Non-Renewable
|Extensions:||If there is enough time at the end of this lesson have the students build three houses that
meet the requirements with all the materials to show that if you use fewer resources for
each house then you will have enough to build more houses.