Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
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Trash to Treasure Activity

In this activity, students will make a useful item (table) out of discarded items—trash—and test their product for strength. The trash will represent an assortment of items presented to them in a bag. They will be timed and then have their table tested to see how many 12 ounce cans of soda it can hold.  This activity serves to model for structural engineering and the development of an engineered object because engineers use the same series of steps (Engineering Design Process) to design solutions to problems.

Learning Resource Details

Resource Type: 
Classroom Activity
Lesson Plan
P-12 Grade Levels: 
6th - 8th Grades
9th-12th Grades
P-12 Topic Areas: 


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