FERRIS WHEEL FUN!
Engineers and geoscientists play an important part in protecting the public, including building safe amusement park rides! Now that sounds like fun. They have to think about which construction materials to use and the forces that will be acting on the seats, the spokes and the ground. Engineers also have to figure out how to make it spin in a circle without using too much energy. This week, you’re going to act as the engineer and design your own Ferris wheel!
Build a spinnable Ferris wheel out of objects you find around the house, including the wheel, spokes and seats.
Create a video showcasing the design and function of your Ferris wheel. Tell us about what obstacles you faced when you began building and how you improved your design and overcame these obstacles. This shows us your design thinking skills.
Upload this video to YouTube and email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Ferris Wheel. In the email include the link to the video, as well as your name, age, and school.
You should use objects you can find around the house to create your miniature amusement park ride (some examples are below).
We recommend that you make sure that your wheel can spin freely before adding weight to it in the form of seats. You may need a couple of tries to get that part of the construction right.
You can use these or any other types of paper and tape you find around your house to work with
- Uncooked pasta
- Craft sticks
- Plastic recycling
- Metal cans