Friday, March 20, 2020
Science Museum of Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television
Ask, imagine, plan, create, test, improve...then try again! It’s about being curious, creative and wanting to play!
In the video, you saw the young engineering trying to move that big red beach ball from one basket (Here) to another (There). They couldn’t get up close to the ball, they only had certain materials they could use, and they had to move the ball without dropping it—in just 2 minutes. Whew! That’s a challenge!
When we do this activity in schools, EVERYONE wants to try it. So, here’s your chance to do it, with a little creativity on your part for materials.
Find these materials:
Now you’re ready to be an engineer!
Take a few moments and let each person quietly imagine what they’d use and what they’d do with it. Give everyone a chance to explain their idea. Decide as a group what to do it could be one person’s idea or a combination of ideas. Try it!
What went well? What were your challenges?
After talking about what did or didn’t work, improve on the original idea! Or, try it with different materials. Look around the house and find other things you could use. How about this—try moving something that’s not a ball, like pillows, stuffed animals, or a garbage bag filled with crushed newspapers!
No matter how your engineering experience turned out, we hope you and your family had fun doing them! We want to see your creations and hear your feedback. Share your results on social media using #ShareYourDiscovery and let us know how things went!