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Toxic Popcorn Design Challenge

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Lesson Focus 
This lesson introduces students to the engineering design process (EDP)—the process engineers use to solve design challenges. Students work in teams to solve the challenge by designing both a product and process to safely remove “toxic” popcorn and save the city.
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Lesson Synopsis 
Students learn about the engineering design process by doing an engineering design challenge called Toxic Popcorn where they need to design both a process and a product to solve the challenge.

Age Levels:

8
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18
Objectives 

  • Apply the engineering design process to solve a design challenge.
  • Build, test, and redesign a prototype.
  • Employ teamwork and communication to successfully solve the challenge.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students will have:


  • Applied the engineering design process to solve a design challenge.
  • Built, tested, and redesigned a prototype.
  • Employed teamwork and communication to successfully solve the challenge.

Lesson Activities

Teams of students use the engineering design process to solve the Toxic Popcorn Challenge. The lesson closes with students sharing all they learned and discussing the answers to the many questions they had at the beginning of the lesson.

Resources/Materials 

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

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