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Two Bobbies

Lesson 2: Two Bobbies

sTEM Career Connections
  • Transportation, Distribution, Logistics, Human Services, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
sTEM Disciplines
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Non-sTEM Disciplines
  • English Language Arts

Students are told a recent hurricane has collapsed a bridge, which was the only way out of an island.  The island's inhabitants are running out of resources quickly, and need help.  An engineering team has concluded that the best and safest option is to transport people off the island.  The water's current is currently too strong, thus making it an unsafe means of transportation.  The only means of transportation remaining is the island's famous zip line, which includes a section leading from the island to a neighboring city.

The student's challenge is to design and build a cradle that will safely transport one islander at a time across the zip line from the island to the neighboring city.

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