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PIPE CLEANER TOWERS

ACTIVITY
JASON DEDRICK AND JUAN MEJIA
Engineering Connection

 Engineers work with many different types of materials and must design
within the restrictions of a particular problem or project.
 This activity helps students to appreciate the planning, resources, and
constraints that often govern an engineer’s work, as well as the benefits of
team work and diversity.
Engineering Design Process
Objective:

 In teams of 3, build the tallest, free-standing structure possible using 15
pipe cleaners.
 You have 10 minutes.
FREEZE!

 Engineers often work within the restrictions of project plans and sometimes
resources become eliminated after a project has begun.
 To symbolize this, for the next seven minutes, each team member must
place one arm behind her/his back.
FREEZE AGAIN!

 As engineers, we work in a global marketplace. This means being able to
communicate with people from many different cultures and countries.
 Your business has just been purchased by a company based in China.
Since you do not speak any of the native languages of this country,
communication is difficult.
 To symbolize this constraint, you may no longer talk.
 You have 3 more minutes!
Let’s Reflect…

 What were your greatest challenges throughout this challenge?
 How were everyone’s designs similar? How were they different?
 What different shapes did teams use for the foundation of their structure?
 Could you do a better job if you performed this activity again or with more
time?
IB Connections

 How can we connect this activity to our IB planners?
Questions?