Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages by National Center for Technological Literacy
In this Curriculum, students encounter the rapidly growing field of package engineering. They take a fresh look at the packaging they encounter daily--and often toss out without appreciating its importance. As children investigate the functions of packages, they discover the relationship between the needs of the product (in this unit, a plant) and the functions that must be considered in package design. Ultimately, students design, test, and improve their own packages to solve a tricky challenge: carry a plant and keep it safe for several days--while also ensuring it has the light, air, and moisture it needs. Hands-on activities, discussion, and reading focus on package engineering and the Engineering Design Process. Engineering concepts are introduced at a level appropriate for elementary students.
Type(s): Module/Unit, Lesson Plan, Classroom Activity
Subject(s): Engineering, General Science
Grade Level(s): K-5
Total Quantity: 2