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Academic Challenge 3 – Engineering

  1. A transportation engineer can save lives by designing safer intersections. The purpose of this challenge is to imagine you are a transportation engineer and design an intersection that will be safer for cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  2. Children and parents can work together as a family to work through this challenge. Be sure to follow the Engineering Design Process: “Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve”.
  3. The materials you will need are: colored markers, tape and scissors. You will need to print out 4 pages – Traffic Management Tools, Small Intersection Map, and Large Intersection Map sides A & B. Download instructions by clicking link below.
  4. Each family should submit a copy of their final intersection showing how Tenesha, Juan, and Samantha will travel safely through the intersection during their activities. You are NOT limited to the “cut out” tools. Feel free to add crosswalks, bridges, roundabouts, or even move a roadway in order to create a safer intersection.


How Can You Help Briarlake’s STEM Program?

  • Plastic Bottle Caps and Lids
  • Jar tops and Lids
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Cereal boxes (don’t forget to clip and save the Box Tops!)
  • Craft sticks
  • Fabric scraps
  • Legos
  • Modeling clay
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Playdough
  • Pipe cleaners (especially green ones for this month)
  • String
  • Styrofoam balls (small and medium)
  • Tape - cello, masking, and duct are all appreciated
  • Yarn