Lesson focuses on how technology and engineering impact society, and how poll-taking has been influenced by engineering over time. Students design and construct a voting or polling machine out of everyday items, then evaluate the effectiveness of the design.
8 – 12
- Learn about engineering design.
- Learn about planning and construction.
- Learn about teamwork and working in groups.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:
- mechanical engineering and design
- voting and polling systems
- problem solving
Students learn how methods of voting have adapted over time using engineering to increase accuracy and privacy in voicing an opinion. Students work in teams to develop a voting system using everyday items. Teams plan their mechanical system, execute construction, troubleshoot, evaluate their own systems and that of other students, and present their findings to the class.
- Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
- Student Worksheets (attached)
- Student Resource Sheets (attached)
Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.