Take a Stand!

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Not all will still be standing by the end! Challenge classes to use engineering principles to design display cases with specific constraints. A hands-on STEM lesson reviews the concepts of tension, compression, and torque before participants create their display cases and then test them for structural soundness.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a challenge to design the display case that holds the most weight
  • Vary the types of materials available to add an additional challenge
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects a high level of learner independence 
  • Serves as one part of an expansive SLED Design series

  • Emphasizes key scientific vocabulary throughout
  • Allows room for differentiation and individual instruction

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