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ERIC Number: ED480782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Design Packing to Safely Mail Raw Spaghetti. Grades 3-5.
Rushton, Erik; Ryan, Emily; Swift, Charles
This activity is designed to build creative skills based on an everyday problem. The scenario that sometimes packages are dropped and letters get bent is used. How can a special delivery be protected from such unfortunate mishaps? Students use their creative skills to determine a way to mail raw spaghetti. A way to safely package the raw spaghetti is chosen using only the materials provided. To test the packing designs, the spaghetti is mailed through the postal system and evaluated after delivery. This activity requires a 20-minute time period for completion. (Author/SOE)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Creative Activities, Critical Thinking, Daily Living Skills, Elementary Education, Engineering, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Student Motivation
Web site: www.prek-12engineering.org/activities/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.
Note: Produced by the Office for Technology and Industry Collaboration. For other activities in series, see SE 068 011-041.