Engineering Design Challenge: Exploring Structures in High School Geometry

This Engineering Design Challenge: Exploring Structures in High School Geometry lesson plan also includes:

Applying their knowledge of theorems about lines, angles, and triangles, groups build a toothpick and stick bridge to support their text book. The teams use the design process to plan, build, test, and refine their bridge designs. The activity requires teammates to make a connection of theorems to their design choices.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review the engineering design process
  • Have teams develop a report on their designs and their ability to meet the requirements
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should be familiar with theorems and postulates about congruent figures and lines and angles
Pros

  • Provides links to videos to engage the class
  • Includes a rubric to use to assess the project
Cons

  • None
NGSS