Students will use Design Thinking to create a balloon-powered car. Students will design, create a prototype, and conduct iterative testing to design and improve a balloon car. Students will consider constraints and criteria and will compare design solutions in the engineering challenge. The whole engineering process takes about 4 class periods.
This resource includes:
- A slide show on the design process
- Detailed lesson plan
- Follow-up pages
- Photos, tips, and suggestions
- Constraints, criteria and, iterative testing
This resource meets the following standards:
NGSS MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions
NGSS MS-ETS1-2.Evaluate competing design solutions
using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Students will love this amazing STEM engineering activity! Students will learn all about the design process, and conducting interative tests while having an amazingly fun time building a balloon-powered car.
My resources, including the slide show, are not editable for copyright reasons. This resource is in pdf and ppt format.