Adventure: Snowy Summits

Quest: Slipping Up

Engineering Concept: Weight Distribution and Ergonomics

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What is the problem?

In this quest, Flynn, a budding engineer, has been asked to help her parents survey a hydroelectric plant in Switzerland. She must take pictures from high up in the Alps to survey the plant to make sure it is safe, but she is having trouble climbing the mountain due to the deep snow.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research weight distribution and ergonomics to understand how it related to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Weight distribution

  • Ergonomics

  • How industrial engineers apply those concepts

  • What industrial engineers do

  • Swiss culture

  • Swiss history

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Snowy Summits

Quest: Take a Hike

Engineering Concept: Pulleys

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What is the problem?

In this quest, Flynn is in Switzerland with her parents, and they have been asked to help with renovations for a hydroelectric plant in Switzerland. In the previous quest, Flynn was asked to set up a lookout point to check for safety measures in the surrounding areas.  She made it to the top of the mountain but now faces the challenge of getting all of the heavy engineering materials and equipment to the lookout point. She wants to minimize what she has to carry and limit the number of trips she has to take up and down the mountain.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research pulleys to understand how pulleys relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Pulleys

  • Simple Machines

  • How mechanical engineers apply those concepts

  • What mechanical engineers do

  • Swiss culture

  • Swiss music

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Snowy Summits

Quest: Grain O’ Salt

Engineering Concept: Arches and Domes

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What is the problem?

In this quest, Flynn is still in Switzerland with her parents. Salt is a valuable resource to the Swiss people, and she has been tasked to help save a collapsing salt mine. There are plans to build a road above where the mine is built, therefore the mine must be reinforced to hold a great amount of weight. Working inside the mine, Flynn needs help to design a device that will support the weight of the mine so it can continue to produce this valuable commodity.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research arches and domes to understand how those concepts relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Arches

  • Domes

  • How mining engineers apply those concepts

  • What mining engineers do

  • Swiss culture

  • History of salt mines in Switzerland

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Reigning in the Rain Forest

Quest: Food From Afar

Engineering Concept: Suspension Bridges

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What is the problem?

Flynn, a budding engineer, is on a trip in Brazil with her parents. She has gotten lost in the Brazilian Amazon Rain forest and is very hungry! She sees star fruit trees on the other side of a large ravine and needs to come up with a safe way to cross the ravine in order to eat them. In addition, the solution needs to be sustainable so that the native people in the area are able to cross the ravine once she has moved on.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research suspension bridges to understand how they relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Suspension bridges

  • Tension and compression

  • How civil engineers apply those concepts

  • What civil engineers do

  • Brazilian culture

  • Brazilian facts

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Reigning in the Rain Forest

Quest: Bug Out Bungalow

Engineering Concept: Pitched Roof and House Stilts

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What is the problem?

Flynn, a budding engineer, has gotten lost in the Brazilian rain forest and needs protection from the rain, bugs, and critters! She has not been able to sleep and is running low on energy. She needs a shelter that is off of the ground to keep the bugs out. She also needs an area that is shaded so she doesn’t get sunburn since she has no sunscreen with her. Lastly, the structure needs to keep the rain out so she can stay as dry as possible.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research pitched roofs and house stilts to understand how they relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Pitched roof

  • House stilts

  • How civil engineers apply those concepts

  • What civil engineers do

  • Brazilian culture

  • Brazilian history

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Reigning in the Rain Forest

Quest: Fearless Floating

Engineering Concept: Buoyancy and Density

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What is the problem?

Flynn is still lost in the Brazilian rain forest and needs to find her way back to her parents who travel the world as environmental engineers.  She has found food and created a shelter since she has been in the rain forest, but now it’s time to find safety with her parents, who are in a town just down the river.  She needs to create a device that can hold her weight and has raised sides so the piranhas and bull sharks can’t get inside her device.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research buoyancy and density to understand how they relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Buoyancy

  • Density

  • How marine engineers apply those concepts

  • What marine engineers do

  • Brazilian culture

  • Brazilian quick facts

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Worries on the Wall

Quest: Getting Bear-ings

Engineering Concept: Filtration

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What is the problem?

Flynn is studying panda bears in the Qinling Mountains in China. She and the pandas are getting really thirsty from all their hard work, but the water in a nearby stream looks too dirty to drink. Flynn needs to find a way to clean the water to make it safe enough to drink.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research filtration to understand how it relates to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Filtration

  • How environmental engineers apply those concepts

  • What environmental engineers do

  • Chinese culture

  • Chinese fun facts

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Worries on the Wall

Quest: Simple Shipments

Engineering Concept: Process and Optimizations

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What is the problem?

Flynn is going to travel by bike to the Great Wall of China so that she can deliver samples she collected from the pandas in the mountains to a scientist’s lab. Flynn needs help to find the fastest route to the Great Wall of China so that Flynn doesn’t run out of supplies during the journey. At some point, the desired route changes to accommodate a change in Flynn’s travel plans.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research optimization to understand how it relates to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Optimization

  • Dijkstra’s Algorithm

  • How industrial engineers apply those concepts

  • What industrial engineers do

  • Chinese fun facts

  • Chinese culture

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Worries on the Wall

Quest: Flight of Fancy

Engineering Concept: Aerodynamics

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What is the problem?

After Flynn delivered the samples to the scientist in the last quest, she decided to go sight-seeing on the top of the Great Wall of China, but she accidentally stayed past closing time. The security team at the wall blocked off the stairway, so Flynn has to find a different way to get down from the wall and get back to her parents’ hotel. She needs the participants help to come up with a solution to get her down from the wall safely.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research aerodynamics to understand how it relates to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Aerodynamics

  • Weight, lift, drag, and thrust

  • How aeronautical engineers apply those concepts

  • What aeronautical engineers do

  • Chinese geography

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Facing the Frozen Tundra

Quest: Lights Out

Engineering Concept: Electrical Circuits

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What is the problem?

Flynn is in Canada on Baffin Island so her parents can help with a climate change study. They are so far north that the sun doesn’t come up during the winter months. Flynn needs to walk to the dock so she can go on a whale watching tour to see orca whales. Without the sun, she brought a flashlight to see, but she slipped and fell, and now her flashlight is broken. She needs help making a new light source with the broken flashlight pieces so that she can find her way to the dock.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research electrical circuits to understand how they relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Electrical circuits

  • Conductive path, resistor, and power sources

  • How electrical engineers apply those concepts

  • What electrical engineers do

  • Canadian culture

  • Canadian wildlife

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Facing the Frozen Tundra

Quest: Get Your Chill On

Engineering Concept: Heat Conduction and Insulation

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What is the problem?

Flynn has made an ice sculpture, and she wants to participate in an ice sculpture contest in another town. To get there, she will have to tow her sculpture behind a bus because it is so large. She is worried that the sculpture will fall and break or that it will melt from the heat of the bus engine. She needs to build a transporter that will travel without tipping over and that will protect her sculpture from heat.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research heat conduction and insulation to understand how it relates to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Conduction

  • Insulation

  • How material engineers apply those concepts

  • What material engineers do

  • Canadian sports

  • Canadian food

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Facing the Frozen Tundra

Quest: Kick The Can

Engineering Concept: Chemical Reactions and Pollution

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What is the problem?

Due to bad weather, an oil tanker sank in Baffin Bay near where Flynn is staying. She and her family are working together with a team of people to clean the barrels out of the bay. Once they’ve been removed from the bay, Flynn needs to find a way to clean the barrels so that they can be recycled. She needs help deciding which cleaning agent she should use for this.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research chemical reactions to understand how they relate to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Chemical reactions

  • Pollution

  • How chemical engineers apply those concepts

  • What chemical engineers do

  • Canadian culture

  • Canadian history

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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Adventure: Tribal Trials

Quest: Tech Talk

Engineering Concept: Binary Coding

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What is the problem?

Flynn is traveling in Nigeria with her parents. She is making new friends with children in the village where they are staying but because of the language barrier, they can’t communicate. Flynn has an electronic translation device, but it’s malfunctioning and displaying the translated messages in binary instead of English. She needs help decoding binary to English and encoding English to binary so that Flynn can communicate with her new friends.

How will the students help?

In the first segment, Flynn will ask the participants to creativity solve the problem by planning out how they will use the household materials required to build a solution. Students are encouraged to build a prototype in this segment.

In the second segment, students will research binary coding to understand how it relates to the problem Flynn is facing. They will be asked to answer open-ended research questions using research links provided by Growin’GEERS and additional research they do on their own.

In the third segment, students will rebuild their initial design based on what they learned in the second segment. They will be asked to create a new plan for how they will use their materials. Once their solution is complete, there will be a Test for Success to see if their solution passes.

What will the participants learn?

  • Binary coding

  • ASCII Table

  • How computer engineers apply those concepts

  • What computer engineers do

  • Nigerian geography

  • Nigerian fun facts

  • Why teamwork is important

  • Why it is okay to fail

What do I need to complete the quest?

  1. Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts

  2. Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for them to plan their design and answer the research questions.

  3. Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component


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