In this hands-on engineering design challenge, patrons learn about physics, gravity, and engineering by constructing a crane with common materials!
Provides classroom connections, key concepts, connections to science standards, and additional resources.
|Add a Tech Twist||Optional: Try using a digital scale to measure out your loads!|
|Hints for uses in your library||
Remind patrons to utilize the engineering deisgn process. Failure is OK!
Try this next!
Crank it up with a handle. Modify your take-up reel by adding a hand crank. A crane can work with or without a crank. Having a hand crank might be useful and make it easier to turn the rod.
Expand the cable. Try picking up a load from the floor as your crane sits on a tabletop.
How Does a Crane Work
How Tower Cranes Work
|Originating Source||PBS Design Squad|
[Suggest a book]
These children’s books all deal with various themes involved in engineering such as the engineering design process, specific projects such as building bridges or houses, and perseverance through failure.
• Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
• Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
• Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
• This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers
• Cross a Bridge by Ryan Ann Hunter
• What To Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
• Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
• Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
• The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
• The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
• How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons