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Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge


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Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge

In this activity, learners explore the engineering design process (EDP)—the process engineers use to solve design challenges. Learners work in teams to solve the challenge by designing both a product and process to safely remove “toxic” popcorn and save the city.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Student Resource Sheets
  • Student Worksheets
  • 2 containers (plastic containers with lips are great)- should be slightly different size than containers used for actual toxic zone
  • 100-200 pennies in a zip lock bag (represents the toxic popcorn)
  • 6-8 pieces of 7 1/2-foot rope (clothesline rope works great)
  • 1 bicycle tire tube 18 in. diameter
  • 2 hula-hoops 3'-4' diameter (or rope taped down or a circle cut from a paper table cloth)
  • 1 piece of large flip chart paper
  • 1 marker
  • 2 containers (plastic containers with lips are great)
  • Popcorn kernels (fill about 1/2 of the container)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Rotation Motion
      • Center of Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
      • Ethics
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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