Toy Design Workshop - 10 Pack
- Grades: 2+
- Number of Students: 10-20 (1-2 per Pack)
- Number of Lessons: N/A
- Contact Hours: N/A
- Additional Resources: Build Guide, Engineering Notebook, Linkages Lab, Toy Design Workshop Engineering Challenge, STEAM Market-It Challenge
Create your own unique pull-toy with animated parts - they move as they roll! Watch as tails wag, heads bob, hands wave or wrestlers 'wrassle'. Follow the engineering design process to brainstorm, construct, iterate and redesign innovative toys. Students will really build their toys, utilizing simple machines, linkages, kinetic and potential energy and mechanical advantage in their plans.
An excellent introduction to marketing and entrepreneurship, as students can develop brand identities, logos and sale pitches for their own product lines.
A truly comprehensive and amazing STEAM activity!
The following tools are recommended by TeacherGeek and some are required to assemble the Judo Bot:
- Multi-Cutters 10 Pack
- Mini Hammer 10 Pack
- Reamer 10 Pack
- Mini Screwdriver 10 Pack
- Tapping Block 10 Pack (OPTIONAL)
- Pliers 10 Pack (OPTIONAL)
NOTE: See Build Guide for more details on required tools.
Toy Design Workshop Educational Goals
- Utilize the design and engineering process
- Encourage creativity, problem solving and critical thinking
- Learn about simple machines, forces, linkages, mechanical advantage
- Integrate with marketing, entrepreneurship and industrial design
- Innovate kinetic sculptures and toys
Apply many linkages to your design and see how they affect the force & motion of your push/ pull toy design.
You have been hired by Geek Baby Toy Company to design a new push/pull toy. Download the challenge below to get started!
STEAM Market-It Challenge
Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Next Generation Science Standards:
International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards:
- (40) Connector Strips
- (2) Hole Plates
- (40) Wheels
- (10) Slide Stop, 75mm
- (40) Hex Nuts
- (80) 1" Screws
- (60) Dowels
Optional items NOT included to Best Design a Pull-Toy:
- Recycling Bin Components
- Arts & Crafts Materials
- Tape or Scissors
NOTE: Please see Build Guide for more details on required tools/items
Additional Information and Resources:
- Build Guide
- Engineering Notebook
- Linkages Lab
- Toy Design Workshop Engineering Challenge
- STEAM Market-It Challenge
Special Notes and Considerations:
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
NOTE: This is an educational product, not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 7 and above with adult supervision.