Unit 3 – Engineering

This unit will cover practical applications of material science in structures and buildings.

The Marshmallow Challenge



Complete the following questions in Microsoft Teams once the challenge has been finished.

  1. Was there a leader on your team? Who was it and who decided who the leader would be?
  2. If you had no leader, do you think having designated someone a leader would have helped?
  3. If you had a leader, how did he/she do?
  4. How helpful was everyone on your team in challenging the process of building the tallest structure? Did anyone appear to be an expert?
  5. Did any team members tune out of the activity — out of frustration with other members or for some other reason? What could you have done to keep all members of the group fully engaged?
  6. Did you feel everyone’s ideas were well received during the activity?
  7. How did you feel as the time limit was approaching? Did pressure increase? If yes, was that helpful or not?
  8. In retrospect, what could you have done better?
  9. Did you celebrate small wins? If yes, how did you do this?


Engineering Cycle of Design


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Title: Creating an Engineering Design Cycle Poster

Objective: To create a poster that visually explains the engineering design cycle.


  1. Research the engineering design cycle and gather information about the different stages involved.
  2. Sketch out a rough design of your poster, including the different stages of the design cycle and any additional information or graphics you want to include.
  3. Choose a software tool to create your poster. Some good options include Canva, Adobe Illustrator, or Microsoft PowerPoint. Or draw and colour your poster onto a sheet of paper.
  4. Create your poster using your chosen software tool. Make sure to use a clear and easy-to-read font, and include images and graphics that help to illustrate each stage of the design cycle.
  5. Review your poster for accuracy and completeness, and make any necessary revisions.
  6. Print out your poster and display it in a prominent location, such as a classroom or lab.
  7. Prepare a brief presentation to accompany your poster, explaining each stage of the design cycle and how it relates to real-world engineering projects.

Grading criteria:

  • Poster clearly explains the engineering design cycle (2.5 points)
  • Poster is visually appealing and easy to read (2.5 points)
  • Poster includes appropriate graphics and images (2.0 points)
  • Presentation is clear and well-organized (1.5 points)
  • Student demonstrates a deep understanding of the engineering design cycle during the presentation (1.5 points)

Total: 10 points