ERIC Number: ED480791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Wimpy Radar Antenna! Grades 6-8.
Rushton, Erik; Ryan, Emily; Swift, Charles
In this activity, students reinforce an antenna tower made from foam insulation so that it can withstand a 480 N-cm bending moment (torque) and a 280 N-cm twisting moment (torque) with minimal deflection. One class period is used to discuss the problem, run the initial bending and torsion tests, and graph the results. The second class is used for design and construction of a sturdier tower and testing and graphing the results. This activity requires a 200-minute time period for completion. (Author/SOE)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Daily Living Skills, Design, Engineering, Experiential Learning, Graphs, Hands on Science, Middle Schools, Science Activities, Science Education, 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.