Engineering Towers | Elementary School Educator Curriculum
Properties of Solids Sort
Observe and make conclusions about properties of solids.
Students will experiment with different solid materials and identify unique properties that will inform their design abilities.
OBJECTIVE: Learners will observe and explain various properties of solids.
- Observe several solid materials.
- Organize them based on material properties.
- Reflect on the properties of each material.
- Make a claim/selection of which material you will use to build your tower. Provide reasoning based on material properties to explain why it is a good material for your tower design.
- What do you believe are the best materials for building a tower?
- What properties make these materials well-suited for building a structure?
To complete this exercise, you may refer to the list of “Properties of Solids Sort” available as a downloadable pdf under Related Materials in the right rail.
Claim: I believe to be best materials for building a tower is/are . . .
Evidence: What observations of the materials support your claim? What did you see?
Reasoning: How would this property be good for building a structure?
Project 10 Lever Experiment
Explore the concepts of balance and symmetry and how they relate to tower construction.
Project 11 The Language of Form
Experiment with 3D space by exploring the various attributes of aesthetic form.
Project 12 Drawing of Group Design
Reflect on the concept of group design and how it impacts the design process.
Project 14 Team Plan and Task Assignments
Share the wealth by assigning tasks for learners to complete their projects.
Project 15 Building Our Tower
Devise a method of reflecting on the engineering process through the use of journaling.
Project 16 Earthquake Table Test
Devise an experiment to test the structural soundness of their tower design.