Structure and Function (modified PLTW unit)
The Project Lead the Way model uses ebook stories to introduce an engineering problem for students to solve. Students then work through a series of hands-on challenges as they learn the unit concepts, such as the design process and key terms such as “structure” and “function”. This unit’s activities include:
1 - Design and build a beanstalk that can support a small object, inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk.
2 - Design and build a straw (toothpick), stick (popsicle stick) or brick (clay) house that can withstand the wind current from a wolf (a strong fan), inspired by The Three Little PIgs.
3 - Design and build a new a new kind of paintbrush.