Monday, July 06, 2009

Think! Engineering challenge

A few weeks ago I found the Think! blog which posts weekly engineering challenges with a list of materials to build from. Today we took up their challenge to create a water wheel from the following:

"a long dowel
a cardboard tube or a two liter bottle or a can
8 index cards
a sharpie
string
tape

You may use scissors in construction but not the solution. "

I'm not an engineering person by any stretch of the imagination, so we googled some images of water wheels, and this is what Billy came up with:



It worked great for a couple of seconds until the cards got too wet. I was just using thick paper rather than cardboard though.


video

We didn't end up using the string - I guess that was for the 2nd half of the challenge to connect it to the boat. We probably could have also used it to suspend the dowel in the middle of the tube, but we were satisfied with what we did for the first time at the challenge.

We also didn't use the sharpie. Other than for Billy to draw up his blueprint in the first place :)

6 comments:

junespider said...

That looks like a lot of fun, and definitely up Toby's alley! Do you have the link to the Think! blog so we can check it out for ourselves?

Kez said...

Here ya go - http://kidswhothink.blogspot.com/ I'm sure Toby will enjoy it!!

Suji said...

Sounds like great fun Kerrie! Thanks for posting about this!

Dana @ Our Sunny Side said...

I've been to the Think! blog before and thought it was great but I was afraid to show my son (7) because he would be all over it! I'm going to have to put my fear of building things aside and show him the site.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's really great to meet others with children at similar ages and interests. Treasure Island is on our short list of stories to read.

Em said...

Thanks so much for this link Kez - T will love this stuff!

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Not bad!