Participants are guided to use their creativity, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills to design a vehicle that will travel the furthest distance.
Participants are divided into teams of 3 to 4. Teams are challenged to design and build a vehicle using LEGO® pieces to travel the greatest distance using only gravity to propel it. Participants begin by considering the properties of the wheel and axel options present. They then build a vehicle and test it, evaluate, discuss and make modifications to retest.
Participants are introduced to the engineering process in a manner appropriate to their grade level. They are encouraged to discuss and plan before creating their vehicle. Participants evaluate their tests to determine if their modifications improved or diminished their results. They work together to determine next steps to improve performance. The facilitator helps students advance with consideration of shape and weight distribution in their design. (NGSS ETS1.B &NGSS ETS1.C) Participants are able to successfully achieve improved performance in the course of the program.
In this program, the facilitator guides the students to conduct the activity for themselves without assistance from the chaperones.
This program can also be adapted for off-site locations, please call for pricing.
For younger students, smaller group size is preferable.
- This program is available to visitors Kindergarten and up.
- There is a minimum of 15 students or a $135 charge.
- There is a maximum of 40 students per session.
- A single program is scheduled for 1.5 hours (approximately one hour in the program and a half hour to explore the center).
- Larger groups may want to consider a combo program.
- The program is $9 per student, with one adult free with every 3 students.
- This program is available by appointment only.