Wreck It Week

Camp | Grades 3-8

Smash! Crash! BOOM! Students in this camp will join Wrecking Companies for the week and will attempt to work their way up the ranks of their company from Intern to President. They will compete against other wrecking companies in various engineering-related challenges, such as building a bridge from balsawood and constructing safety mechanisms to protect a raw egg from impact. Put on your hard hats and safety goggles and join the fun!

During Wreck-It Week, students will explore four fields of engineering: mechanical, civil, aerospace, and industrial as they design and construct a variety of projects that will then be used in a wrecking

Catapults

In this activity, each student to design and construct a functional catapult. The should explore how potential and kinetic energy relate to the launching of catapults, and examine how weight affects the trajectory or path of an object through the air.

Extension: Catapults Math Extension

For this math extension, students will plot the weight of each projectile to the distance it traveled and answer questions about their graphs.

Lunar Lander

Students will design a Lunar Lander that will protect a marshmallow “astronaut” from a 1-foot, 5-foot, and 10-foot drop. They will Investigate weight distribution and how can affect the landing of an aircraft, and understand how potential and kinetic energy relates to the motion of objects.

Extension: Lunar Lander Math Extension

Students will survey other groups about their sustainability and survivability, answering questions about the results.

Bridge The Gap I & Collision Challenge

Students will use basic drafting tools to create an effective bridge design that helps them understand the structure of a truss bridge. Additionally, each student will incorporate safety features and protective devices into a design for a model car that will carry a raw egg passenger at an accelerating speed.

Bridge The Gap II & Eggstreme Drop I

In this activity, students will learn how potential and kinetic energy relate to the motion of objects and explore effective packaging - how to recognize the difference between minimal and excessive packaging.

Bridge The Gap III & Eggstreme Drop II

Students test their bridge’s design, construction, and durability, analyzing the effectiveness of bridges and spans when subjected to various loads. They will also learn how potential and kinetic energy relate to the motion of objects and explore effective packaging - how to recognize the difference between minimal and excessive packaging.