Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on how engineers develop pipeline systems to transport oil, water, gas, and other materials over very long distances. Students work in teams of “engineers” to develop a pipeline system to transport both a golf ball and ping pong ball across the classroom terrain.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • Learn how civil engineers approach large scale problem solving.
  • Learn how engineering teams address problem solving.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

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

  • engineering design
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how land and weather, distance, and materials to be transported impact engineering plans. Students work in teams of “engineers” to design a pipeline to transport both a golf ball and ping pong ball from one end of the classroom to another with obstacles and turns. Students develop a plan/drawing, execute their pipeline plan, and evaluate the strategies employed by other student teams.


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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.