Lesson Focus

Lesson explores the engineering behind the conveyor belt and considers the impact this invention has had on transportation and the coordinated shipping and delivery of goods. Students work in teams to design and build a conveyor system out of everyday materials that can transport pieces of candy 4 feet (120cm). The conveyor must make a 90 degree turn as it moves along. Student teams design their system, build and test it, evaluate their designs and those of classmates, and share observations with their class.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • Learn about engineering design and redesign.
  • Learn about manufacturing processes and conveyor systems.
  • Learn how engineering can help solve society’s challenges.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • engineering design
  • manufacturing and distribution
  • conveyor systems
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students explore how engineers have solved societal problems such as moving goods, materials, and people using conveyor systems. Students work in teams to develop a conveyor system out of everyday materials than can move pieces of candy 4 feet (120cm) including a 90 degree turn. They evaluate their results, and the results of other teams, and share their reflections with the class.


  • Teacher Resource Documents
  • Student Resource Sheet
  • Student Worksheet

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.