The teacher will begin the lesson by giving brief information about hurricanes. Students need to have an understanding of the damage that hurricanes can do to building structures. Students will watch the following video:
The teacher can use some of the information in the following articles as added information:
The teacher will introduce the design challenge by showing the PowerPoint "The 4th Little Pig".
Students will quickly build a 4 by 4 inch base of a house using LEGO blocks.
Each group should be given one of each of the testing materials. Students will test the strength and durability of each material. They will also use a spray water bottle to test water-resistance. Students will make notes of each material tested.
Students should be given a response sheet to begin the engineering process. Each group will be given a budget to purchase materials for their roofs. Students must decide which materials to purchase and complete their budget with a total amount spent.
During the build, students may purchase or exchange materials as long as they stay within their budget. The budget may not be exceeded at any time during the build. Students will be given about 20-30 minutes to build the base and roof.
Students will sketch their final designs on the response sheet.