Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that can design and make a prototype of a simple device (to be sold in stores like B&Q) that will allow homeowners to remove water from their house during periods of flooding.
In this challenge the device will have to move 100ml of water from one position to another to a height of 300mm. Students are awarded marks for the amount of water they successfully move within one minute.
This cross-curricular Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activity day encourages the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills. Students achieve a better understanding of what engineering is and the science, maths and technology elements within engineering, leading to increased engagement in science or technology lessons afterwards.
This DIY Challenge Day resource was produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
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