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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Engineering Design- Redesign Day!

Today was the redesign day for our earthquake structures and their designs were really creative!  Students had to use what they learned yesterday from their first design to create a new structure today that was more stable.  We also tied in a cost factor as well and each toothpick and marshmallow they used in their structure came at a high price and we talked about how engineers have to look at the materials they use when designing to see what would be the best cost for the best product.  They had to figure out the total cost of their structure as well as reflect and describe how well it stood during the earthquake.

We also talked today about how engineers work together using Habit 4- Think Win-Win.  We all share our ideas and come up with one plan that would be best, so that together, we find the best solution to the problem!