Lesson Focus

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.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

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
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

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.