STEM Lesson Plan & Activities - Edison Year 9

Problem

This is a cross curricular project for year 9 students to be carried out in D&T, Science and Maths classes over a term.

 

Design and construct a bridge made from straws and tape that can carry the weight of an Edison.  Students must keep an electronic diary of their progress of each stage of the project.  This can be used during their presentation at the end of the project.

 

 

Stage 1

 

Brainstorming

What maths and Science do we need.

Weight

Capacity

Parabola’s and other relevant formulas.

Gravity

Wind

Edison and coding / size and weight

D&T classes will be covering coding work with Edison.

 

At the end of stage 1  - students must present findings to class

 

Stage 2

 

Research

At the end of stage 2  - students must submit relevant findings

 

Stage 3

 

Design Process

Draft model

Planning

Sketches

 

At the end of stage 3 – design, sketches must be submitted

 

Stage 4

 

Construct Bridge

 

Stage 5

 

Test Bridge

 

Stage 6

 

Modify/ Improve Bridge

 

Stage 7

Presentation to class, teacher and parents