Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on how engineers work to solve problems and impact daily life through new and improved products. As engineers do, teams of students select adhesive options to help them meet a construction goal.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • Learn how component selection impact engineering results.
  • Learn how adhesives are developed for different applications.
  • 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:

  • structural engineering and design
  • adhesive history and application
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how components must be evaluated when engineers develop a new product or solve a problem. Students work in teams to construct a device to hold a can of soup or soda with simple materials and a variety of glue choices. Optional activities provide an option for students to create their own glues working or expanding on recipes provided.


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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.