Adventure: Facing the Frozen Tundra
Quest: Get Your Chill On
Engineering Concept: Heat Conduction and Insulation
Challenge Level: Easy
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 creatively 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?
How material engineers apply those concepts
What material engineers do
Why teamwork is important
Why it is okay to fail
What do I need to complete the quest?
Access to a computer to watch the videos and research the concepts
Ability to print the GEERling worksheets for students to plan their design and answer the research questions
Household materials needed to complete the hands-on component
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