Want to build quick-spinning toy tops and gliding plane toys that soar through the air with your class? What about marble runs that wrap around a box – or the whole room? Bring the Toy Design Challenge to your school!
How it works
Each week students are introduced to a new challenge: a toy engineering problem to solve. Each weekly challenge features 5 mini-lessons. Each mini-lesson guides students through a different step of the design process and sets the stage for 20 – 45 minutes of activity.
This unit can be taught synchronously (with customized multi-media rich slides narrated and paced by teachers) or asynchronously (with short instructor-led videos which guide students through each stage of the design process).
This unit not only familiarizes students with the ins-and-outs of the design process, it also introduces super-cool science concepts that students see in action through their own experimentation. (Gravity! Lift! Buoyancy! Inertia!)
A material kit is provided for each challenge. We also provide printable weekly Inventor Guides + worksheet packets to support independent student work.
There are 6 challenges in all, creating 6 weeks of instruction, tinkering, and experimentation!
The only cost associated with running this program at your school would be the at-cost price of the physical material kits for each student (or you can choose to use our material lists to create your own kits).
Ready to trial the Toy Design unit in your classroom(s)? Fill out the contact form below and we will send you the next steps.