Volleyball Machine Challenge for Grades 3-5
- Design and build "volleyball machines" based on specified criteria.
- Iteratively test and modify the machines to improve their performance.
Teach your students about the engineering design process with this fun lesson plan. They will design and build two "volleyball machines" that launch a ping pong ball back and forth over a net. Optionally, they can enter their designs in the 2019 Fluor Engineering Challenge for a chance to win a cash prize for your school or nonprofit!
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
This engineering project is based on the "Beach Volleyball" friendly competition designed by employees of Fluor Corporation located in Southern California.
Note: material costs are not pro-rated. For example, if you use any tape, it still costs the entire 10 points, even if you do not use the whole roll.
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