Introduce children to engineering by helping them invent a “recycling machine” using paper, tape and wooden sticks. Success can be achieved through a range of creative approaches or by trial and error, and it’s the process of imaginative problem-solving that helps the group better understand what engineers do. The prepared presentation will also help you share some background on engineering.
What do I need to know about this activity?
Volunteers who like puzzles and problem-solving will enjoy this activity. Skills in engineering are not necessary because the emphasis is on creative thinking, testing, and the application of an idea to illustrate an engineer’s process. If you are an engineer, then you are encouraged to talk about your experience and motivations. This activity is also for you if you like…
- Helping people apply different skills to a challenge
- Contraptions and mentoring students build them
- Plenty of interaction with participants
- Time required: 90 minutes to prepare materials and organize event, 1 hour to conduct the activity
- IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.