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Engineering, Design, and Gingerbread?

Ian Nelson
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Explore some tasty architecture as we use engineering to build an awesome edible house

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 6
  • Students will discover that using an engineering design process leads to many different results, especially when working on a challenging project. In this workshop, I hope all learners leave with a greater appreciation for: * Thinking creatively about how to solve challenging problems * Listening to others' opinions, perspectives, and needs during a design process * Persisting when a design challenge doesn't go as planned Additionally, learners may have the opportunity to: * Adapt and transform an existing design into their own creation * Experiment with manipulating material properties by modifying recipes * Work with life-size templates to aid in the design process * Plan a building project to stay within a pre-established budget
I'm a mechanical engineer who loves empowering kids to see themselves as engineers.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Students will have the opportunity to share their plan for their edible house during our first workshop before sharing their results in our second workshop. Please ensure that your child has access to a working webcam in order to share their design.
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The teacher will provide a workbook designed to aid in the planning process. Students are encouraged to use a digital camera to take pictures during their building process so we can see how the house came together. Students can use any range of supplies to construct their house. Some learners will transform a gingerbread house kit into a design of their own. Other learners will work with candies, cookies, and other ready-to-use edibles to build an edible house. Still others will embrace the baking challenge. Still others will use the opportunity to create a house entirely out of non-traditional foods like fruits and vegetables. All approaches are welcome and celebrated.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In this class, students are responsible for brainstorming and sourcing their own materials list. As such, it is extremely easy to accommodate any learners with dietary concerns and/or restrictions.

The age range of this course is largely a suggestion. Any student interested in the class is welcome. Younger students may benefit from planning with the help of an adult assistant.
Joined October, 2017
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Hello! I'm an engineer committed to giving students amazing experiences in math, science, and engineering. I believe that learning happens when kids ask questions and explore their interests. I look forward to helping your kids leverage their... 
Group Class


for 2 classes
1x per week, 2 weeks
50 min

Completed by 187 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-13
1-9 learners per class

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