Design a Shoe

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Engage young scientists in a project where high fashion meets engineering! Using foam core and hot glue, partnered pupils design and create a functional, fashionable pair of shoes. Groups then put the footwear through its paces using a test course and determine if their designs are a shoe-in for the next runway show.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Jazz things up by providing glitter, gems, and other craft items so groups can decorate their shoes
  • Give awards for performance at the end of the project in categories such as Most Durable, Best Looking, and Most Comfortable
Classroom Considerations
  • Create a central location where you can monitor use of hot glue guns and utility knives
  • Arrange to use the gym or other activity area to conduct testing of the shoe designs
  • The resource is a fun, creative way to explore engineering, clothing design, materials science, and collaborative learning
  • Strict design specifications make the project more realistic and challenging
  • Teacher's guide contains troubleshooting tips, extension activities, and printable materials
  • None
Common Core