The League’s Toy Design Challenge Unit guides elementary-aged inventors through the design process with weekly challenges across 6 weeks. Build gravity-defying MARBLE RUNS, hand-made TOPS with rotational inertia, soaring paper GLIDERS, toy MOBILES balanced on their fulcrums, PAPER STRUCTURES than can hold 10x their weight, and buoyant cardboard BOATS!
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Let’s experiment, test, fail, and try again together! We are currently offering the Toy Design Challenge Unit for students at PS 321. Students in all grades K-5 can participate, but adult support for students in grades K-1 is anticipated.
How it works:
- Each week students receive 5 instructor-led mini-lesson videos. Each 3-6 minute video guides them through a different stage of the design process.
- Each video sets the stage for 20-45 mins of off-screen activity, including sketching, building, and reflection.
- Students receive digital copies of an Inventor Guide PDF and worksheet packet as reference tools for off-screen work.
- A kit of simple materials is provided for each week-long challenge.
- Office Hours will start Thursday, February 4 from 3 – 4pm for 6-weeks
The unit consists of 6 week-long challenges, totaling 6 weeks of STEM tinkering and building!