Lesson Focus

Students will learn about the engineering design process and about friction and forces. Students will work in teams to design a skier out of everyday items that can race to the bottom of a classroom ski ramp the fastest.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Handouts

Age Levels:

5 – 8


Introduce students to:

  • friction
  • the engineer design process

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Design a model/prototype a skier out of everyday items
  • Describe the effects friction on your skier


  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.