Pringle Chip Challenge: Video explanations and ready for packages to arrive!

If you have been following all of the awesome events and projects taking place in my 4th and 5th grade ELP classes, then you know we have been working on creating a container that will allow Pringle Chip to be mailed to another state unharmed.

You can read about the whole project and requirements here: http://coffeeforthebrain.blogspot.com/2012/10/pringle-challenge-is-underway.html

Last week while we were finalizing our containers(we were under the gun with only about 2-3 class periods to get it all done) students were asked to step out into the hallway and record a little bit about what they created and why.

I apologize for the movement of the camera as the students did not have the most steady hand.

When the packages arrive and we Skype with the classes I will be sure to share the results.

Here is 4th grade

Here is 5th grade

Last, here is a slideshow of pictures and video documenting the creation process. There are some awesome ideas in here.

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Pringle Challenge Is Underway!

My 4th and 5th grade ELP students are taking part in a Pringle Challenge in which they have to build a container that will keep a Pringle chip intact while being shipped to various classrooms across the US. Students will receive a score based on intactness of their chip, volume, and mass. I could go into further detail, but all documents are presented and shared below.

The materials are quite limited. Students are only able to use notecards, 1 ply cardboard, masking tape, straws, and computer paper. That is all! Talk about making students really plan accordingly.

Here is a basic overview

Here is a Powerpoint going over the unit

And here is the Scoring Sheet

Thanks to Elizabeth Jones who has created all these documents.

We wrap up building and finalizing this week. My students only have a few days of class to work as I only meet with each grade level two days a week.

We will mail them off Thursday when I meet with my 5th grade students.

We will then await the packages to arrive. Then we will Skype with the other classes so we can see our packages as well as the other students seeing theirs.

This has been one great thinking challenge and really forcing students to think in whole new aspects.

Here is a slideshow of some of their work in progress. I will update again later this week when we finalize our work.

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