Christmas Engineering Challenge!

It’s almost Christmas Day and Santa needs a new sleigh. Mrs. Riggin’s Fifth Grade Math Class became elf engineers to save Christmas by working in teams to design a new sleigh, draw blueprints, build prototypes and test their new models. Students were given specific measurement guidelines for the size of the sleigh, required carrying capacity (modeled with a cup of pennies to represent the proportional weight of the presents) and its ability to fit Santa (modeled by Mrs. Riggin’s stuffed elf named Beaker).

The design and build session was filled with collaboration, critical thinking, learning, laughter, and fun as the sleighs were put to the test down a ramp. Kids don’t need to worry, these students have saved Christmas with their new designs!