Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on sports engineering and advanced materials development. Students work in a team to devise a racquet out of everyday materials that can consistently hit a ball to a target. Students design their racquet on paper, build the racquet, and test it. All teams evaluate their results, reflect on their design, and present to the class.


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Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets


Age Levels:

8 – 18

Objectives

  • Learn about engineering design and redesign.
  • Learn about materials engineering.
  • 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:

  • materials
  • engineering design
  • sports engineering
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students explore how engineers have incorporated the latest materials and manufacturing techniques to improve the performance of sports equipment. Students work in teams to construct a functional racquet out of everyday materials that can consistently hit a ball to a target. Students reflect on the experience and share with the class.

Resources/Materials

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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.