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TryEngineering: Build a Big Wheel

To honor the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Ferris, try this engineering lesson. Students will immerse themselves in a study of motion, lode, and construction of various wheels throughout history. Structural engineering and design investigations will also occur during their investigation of the "London Eye" to analyze wheel design challenges that Ferris and others who preceded him must have experienced.. Then the students will work in cooperative groups to build and problem solve as they will use pasta, glue, and tea bags to construct a big wheel.

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