As part of a cross-curricular design project, students were asked to research the body design of a llama and attempt to re-create the animal using cardboard toilet paper rolls.
After a number of failures prototypes (as opportunities for learning) they were shown one possible design they could use.
Unfortunately this design did not take into account the robust nature of a llamas legs and stability became an issue. Through this process students formulated a design question: How might we alter our llamas to make them more stable? Additionally, a number of restrictions were put in place to help frame the design challenge.
Through this experiential learning, students came to a number of conclusions regarding stability:
Students then put the stability of their llamas to the test with a wind driven llama race. If the llama could remain upright it passed the stability test!
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