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Design a Shoe

Details

Space: 
inside
Time: 
2-3 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
Measuring wheel
duct tape
prototype
comfortable
friction
inches
engineer
iterate
1000 feet
Materials: 
Cardboard
Duct tape
Paper
measuring wheel
Foam
hot glue
hot glue sticks
cotton

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

We are designing a shoe that can walk one thousand feet without breaking.  We have a plan and 3D model of the shoe that we will make. We are prototyping our shoe design with cardboard.  This shoe was designed to be very flexible. This shoe needed more grip so we added hot glue to the bottom so that we could increase the friction.  Here are a few examples of the shoes we built. We even used our 3D printer and foam noodles. We measured our walk with a measuring wheel.

Student Summary: 

Your group will design a shoe that can walk one thousand feet without breaking.  Make a plan and/or a 3D model of the shoe that you will build. You will begin prototyping your shoe design with cardboard.  This shoe needs to be designed to be very flexible. This shoe needs grip so you may want to add something like hot glue to the bottom so that you can increase the friction.  Show some examples of the shoes that were built. If you have a 3D printer you can use it to print logos or parts for the shoe. Foam noodles could be used for comfort. You also need to measure your walk with a measuring wheel.

Lesson Phases

Plan

Name three things that makes a shoe great.
What is your shoe size?
How many inches long is your shoe?
Description: 
Your group will be designing a shoe that can walk one thousand feet without breaking. You need to make a plan and/or a 3D model of the shoe that you will make.

Build

What materials will use on your prototype shoes?
Are there materials that you wish you had to use on your shoe and what are they?
Description: 
You will begin prototyping your shoe design with cardboard. This shoe needs to be designed to be very flexible.

Iterate

What was one iteration that you made on your shoe and why did you need to iterate?
Description: 
This shoe needs grip so you may want to add something like hot glue to the bottom so that you can increase the friction. Show some examples of the shoes that were built.

Final Product

How many feet did your team walk before the shoe broke?
Explain the comfort of your shoe.
Description: 
If you have a 3D printer you can use it to print logos or parts for the shoe. Foam noodles could be used for comfort. You also need to measure your walk with a measuring wheel.

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