Lesson Plan

Interactive Gumball Machine

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Sure, you may be able to build a better mousetrap, but what about a gum dispenser? In a fun engineering challenge, teams must design and build a working interactive gumball machine with specific constraints and criteria.

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  • Real-world engineering challenge makes learning more fun and relevant
  • Walks though every step of the engineering design process
  • Encourages creativity while meeting rigorous standards
  • Adaptable to many grade levels
  • Requires a large variety of materials
  • Classes that have not used the engineering design process will need more explicit instructions at some phases of the lesson