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Cast Your Vote

In this activity, learners explore how voting systems have changed with engineering advances over time. Learners work in teams to design their own voting system using easy to find materials. Teams first design their voting system on paper, then construct it, test it, and evaluate the effectiveness of all the systems developed by the other teams.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Student Resource Sheets
  • Student Worksheets
  • Cardboard box
  • Cardboard sheets
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Hole punch (Hand held)
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Highlighter pen
  • Notebook (for recording results)
  • Non-toxic glue
  • String
  • Cardboard tubes (such as from paper towel or toilet paper rolls)
  • Rubber bands
  • Wire
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
      • Manufacturing
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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