Students are movie set designers tasked with building a small scale replica of a volcano. In teams of four, students will use the engineering design process as a guide to research concepts, brainstorm designs, build, and test their own volcano made of paper mache. This module introduces students to concepts of proportions, circumference, topography, acids, and bases. This kit contains enough materials for 10 students working in teams of four.
Materials in this kit include: gloves, clay, poster board, plastic containers, measuring cups, mixing bowls, foam cups, glue, vinegar, assorted paints, lemon juice, red food coloring, masking tape, funnels, clear tape, and baking soda.
Students will design a vessel that represents supplies being dropped to refugees. Apply concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, motion, gravity, velocity, drag, and the Law of Conservation of Energy while also taking into consideration the cost of building and shipping the vessels.