Designing Solutions Activity #1: Rope Tube


General Objective: To provide an opportunity for students to design solutions in science based on observing a phenomenon and asking questions.

The facilitator does the following:

  1. Once students have seen the Rope Tube phenomenon (Rope Tube Podcast, requires Adobe Flash) and asked questions, have them design a solution to the phenomenon based on the created model. Students should be able to design a solution that replicates the observed phenomenon of the Rope Tube.
  2. Have students generate a list of needed materials and either provide the materials or have students gather the materials.
  3. Provide time for students to design solutions using the Engineering Design Process sheet (PDF format).

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