Design, build, and test awesome outdoor machines
Lindsey Nelson, Education Chair
Lindsey Nelson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Engineering Education, and is the Education Chair for GHF. Lindsey loves engaging gifted and twice-exceptional learners with big, juicy questions and believes that the best classes are fueled by students’ curiosity. Lindsey’s classes rely heavily on discussion and frequently incorporate video resources to allow learners to see engineering design in action. Lindsey uses open-ended homework challenges (such as “Design your own ultimate writing tool”) to offer students an opportunity to 1) use engineering design processes, 2) think outside of the box, and 3) pursue creative solutions.
Get outside while having an awesome time designing working machines.
Building outdoor machines is a great way to see how things work. This summer, we’re rolling up our sleeves to engineer outdoor fun. We will practice using engineering design and applying physics principles to craft working catapults, airplanes, and two learner-determined projects. It’s going to be awesome.
Outdoor Adventures is recommended for learners ages 11 to 15; motivated 9 and 10 year olds could thrive in this course. In Outdoor Adventures, we aim to have fun as we challenge ourselves to make working machines. We take on one project a week. We kick off each project by exploring key physics principles and creating initial plans. Learners then gather together for a design review to help them make progress on their goals. Every class meeting focuses on how engineers design and build machines that really work.
This class has three or four projects where learners decide their final project of the course. Everyone will have the opportunity to design a catapult and an airplane before moving onto a final project. Learners can decide to take on two different projects or one larger project. Because these projects often require supplies found at a hardware store, families may want to provide their learners with $10-25 budget for each project.
Sample Course Outline
Outdoor Adventures devotes two class meetings to each projects. Sample projects include catapults, airplanes, hovercrafts, boats, and more. Each learner will have the opportunity to define their third and fourth projects.
Outdoor Adventures is offered Summer 2019.