Summary: This is a three or four class unit on the engineering design process that helps students achieve national goals in



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Pyramid Design Challenge

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Summary: This is a three or four class unit on the engineering design process that helps students achieve national goals in engineering­ and thinking skills. During this lesson, students will learn about the engineering design process and practice the steps by building pyramids in teams using common household items.
Grade Level: Grades 6-12
Time Required: approximately 3 hours.
Educational Standards:

Massachusetts Science and Technology / Engineering (Technology / Engineering)

Content Standard 2: Engineering Design

National Academy of Sciences: New K-12 Science Education Standards

Content Standard ETS1: Engineering Design

Suitable Learning Objectives:

Student will be able to:



  • Build a simple prototype

  • Recognize and discuss various solutions to a design problem

  • Identify the criteria and constraints of a successful solution

  • Sequence the steps of the engineering design process in a simplified format and recognize what each step is asking

  • Discuss various materials needed to construct a prototype and recognize that there may be more than one material to complete a task

  • Describe how 3D models can aid in the design process




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