A STEM Challenge where pupils design and build a model to move tomatoes down a mountain
Challenge your students to take on a real life problem affecting people in Nepal.
The problem: In Nepal many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market. The problem is getting to market involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountain side and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be a bit squashed.
The challenge: To design, build and test a way of moving tomatoes that won’t squash them!
Suitable for pupils aged 7-16.
The basic challenge is flexible enought to be adapted to any length up to a whole day, and there are also enhancement activities suggested if you wish to develop it further.
This challenge is perfect to reinforce a lesson on forces or as a STEM club, transition or British Science Week activity. It is accredited for the CREST award scheme and can be used as a project for the Big Bang Competition.
The website includes teachers' and students' notes, a student worksheet, video clips and photos from Nepal and certificates of achievement.
The following video clip shows students from Chichester High School trying out the challenge:
Environment and Sustainability, Industry and Economy, Media, Internet and Technology, Production and Consumption
KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16, KS5: ages 16+
Design and technology, Science