6th Grade TechDuring the first cycle we will be exploring Design, Engineering Sketching, and Structures. We will be learning about the Design Loop, Isometric/Orthographic Sketching, and explore shapes that create strong structures. During the structure unit students will construct popsicle stick bridges and will test to see how much they can support.The second cycle we will be covering Simple Machines, Mechanical Advantage, and will review Design Principles. Students will learn about the simple machines that allow humans to work more efficiently and will identify examples in real life. These machines will then be used during the LEGO car design challenge. Students will first design cars to travel down varying grades to achieve maximum distance. They will then utilize an electric motor an gears to travel up varying grades. Please follow the link to see Top Tens (Best Performing Designs).