Fellows: Grace Bambushew and Andrew Bennett
Week 1 – Chair For Mr. Bear
Involves using Legos to build a chair for a stuffed animal that will be both supportive (Bear does
not fall off/over when sitting on the chair), and sturdy (chair does not break when bear sits in it,
and also passes the “drop test”). This activity emphasizes teamwork, planning, and highlights
two important steps in the engineering design process: test and redesign after failing initial
Extender activities: Build arms, a footrest, or a cupholder for the chair
Week 2 – Downhill Racers
Have kids build cars without motors, explaining that a ramp will be set up for the cars to race
down. The goal is to have the cars run down the “hill” and as far across the flat ground as
possible. The cars must be able to run down the hill, as well as be sturdy enough to pass the
drop test, so the kids keep good Lego building practices in mind. This activity emphasizes
design, testing and redesign.
Week 3 - Introduction to using the battery pack and wires by making a flashlight.
Students were given one battery pack per group and a few lego-lightbulbs, wires and their kits as well as extra
materials and asked to make a flashlight. The challenge was for the students to figure out the necessary configuration of
wiring to get the bulb to light up. Once this was figured out, the students were then asked to try to make a functional
design for a flashlight (aka can hold in one hand, easily switch on and off, no dangling parts, etc...
Week 4 - Introduction to Gears
Student groups were given various sized gears and asked to build a gear wall. The specifications were that any number and
configuration of gears must be meshed so that a gear train was formed. The requirement was
Fellows: Andrew Bennett, Charlie Colley, and Laura Coughlin
Week 2: Shape creation
We did this activity over the first 4 weeks.
Week 3: 3D Shapes
Week 4: Additive shapes
Week 5: TinkerCAD
Week 6: More TinkerCAD
Week 7: 3D Printing.
3d Printing Curriculum
Question: what is 3D printing, what is CAD, how do engineers make things
Goal: answer questions, develop knowledge of TinkerCad, create a design in CAD that can be 3D printed