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Helmet Challange

Details

Space: 
inside
Time: 
4-5 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
circumference
protection
Design
prototype
engineer
Weight
grams
traumatic brain injury
Materials: 
Duct tape
Cardboard
Brads
Paper
Foam

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

You are being challenged to make a hat that protects. You can make a helmet that protects your head or a hat that protects you from the sun. You will need to show the circumference of your hat so that others with the same circumference can wear it. You also need to weigh your hat in grams. You can use any scrap material that you want but you will be given cloth, cardboard and duct tape. You need to show your plan, you building it, your team finding an iteration/polish and your final product. Your hat also needs to be functional so you need to state in your plan what the hat is used for. An example might be baseball, rock climbing, kayaking. Feel free to add a 3D printed part like a chin strap or logo.

Student Summary: 

You will design a helmet in class to prevent traumatic brain injuries caused by impact.  You will need to sketch out your designs. You will measure all of the pieces to the nearest eighth of an inch so that it all fit together perfectly.  You will then assemble the pieces with tape. Capture this assembling the helmet. You might need to build hinges on your helmet so that it could have eye protection when needed.  You might also add foam for more head protection. The hinge is a mechanical bearing that connects two solid objects. The last step is to add designs to the helmet.

Lesson Phases

Plan

You will measure all of the pieces to the nearest eighth of an inch so that it all fit
Description: 
You will design a helmet in class to prevent traumatic brain injuries caused by impact. You will need to sketch out your designs.

Building

Description: 
You will then assemble the pieces with tape. Capture this assembling the helmet. You might need to build hinges on your helmet so that it could have eye protection when needed.

Padding

Description: 
You might also add foam for more head protection. Think about what could make your helmet special.

Unique

Description: 
Capture what makes your helmet special and unique.

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