The Engineering Design Process is extremely useful when working on any type of STEM project, especially the projects and challenges that we will be working with our drones. The Engineering Design Process is used by all types of people especially engineers. An engineer is a person who wants to fix problems and they want to know how and why things work.
We are going to learn about the Engineering Design Process today to help us solve a problem. This problem won’t involve drones but this will get us familiar with the Engineering Design Process and will help us later in the league. Once we understand how to use the Engineering Design Process, we will easily be able to use it with drones.
Here are the top three tallest structures in the world. What similarities and differences do you notice?
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Structure Height: 2717 Feet
This is the largest structure in the world. It is a combination of hotels, restaurants, corporate suites, and observation decks. It is made of structural steel and concrete.
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Structure Height: 2,227 Feet
This is the second tallest structure in the world and is expected to be completed this year, 2023. This structure will have offices, housing properties, observation decks, shopping complex, and hotels. It is 95% completed and is made from steel, reinforced concrete, and concrete encased steel.
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Structure Height: 2080 Feet
This is the third tallest structure in the world and one of the world’s tallest free-standing towers. his structure is earthquake resistant; there is an integrated mass damper to reduce any structural vibrations. This structure has shops, cafes, and is mainly used for its observation decks.
Challenge: Build the tallest freestanding tower that is made only of paper.
The scissors and tape measure may not be used in your solution.
Time: You will have 5 minutes to discuss your strategy and 6 minutes to build your tower. Discuss and try different ways you can use the paper to create your tower.
The Engineering Design Process helps us figure out problems and solve them like engineers. Today you will use this process to create the tallest structure you can.