Engineering Intensive: Animal Engineers & Designing for Survivial 

Students learn about the engineering design process by observing animal behavior and experimenting with the design choices animals make. During this lesson, students will work together on engineering design challenges and station-based activities for approximately 75 minutes each day. Day 1 will focus on the developmentally-appropriate design process: Think, Make, Try. Students, in grades 2-5, will: Think about the problem; Make a prototype; and Try and retry until they show some success. Day 2 will focus on tool and material exploration. Day 3 will focus on combining knowledge of process and tools to complete a more open-ended design challenge.

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Subjects Technology, Engineering

Grade Levels K-3

Fab Tools 3D printer, laser cutter

Collections Fab Tested, Early Childhood, Museum/Science Center

Contributors Lisa Regalla