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Sticky Engineering Challenge

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on how engineers work to solve problems and impact daily life through new and improved products. As engineers do, teams of students select adhesive options to help them meet a construction goal.
  • Learn how component selection impact engineering results.
  • Learn how adhesives are developed for different applications.
  • Learn how engineering teams address problem solving.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • structural engineering and design
  • adhesive history and application
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 
Students learn how components must be evaluated when engineers develop a new product or solve a problem. Students work in teams to construct a device to hold a can of soup or soda with simple materials and a variety of glue choices. Optional activities provide an option for students to create their own glues working or expanding on recipes provided.
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Full Lesson Plan PDF 
Student Worksheets

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

Tom Shaw

Technical Education Post, Online Publisher

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