Design a Drone Delivery System

Prompt

You work for a delivery company that uses drones to deliver packages to people.

Unfortunately, drones are getting stolen and broken and people are complaining about drones landing on private property.
Here’s the reality.
You can no longer fly the drones close to the ground.

Your mission is simple.
You need to figure out how to drop a package from at least 4 meters above the ground without breaking the items inside.

Will you using padding? If so, what kind?
What kind of container will you use? A box? A pyramid? A sphere?
How will you slow it down?
Perhaps a parachute?
If so, what shapes and sizes will you experiment with?

Your supplies will include cardboard, duct tape, plastic bags, straws, and string.

You need to develop a way to test your method for speed, accuracy, and the ability to keep fragile items from breaking.

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. It’s going to be awesome because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

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Invent a Sport Using These Items

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Invent the Ultimate Roller Coaster

Prompt

You’re going to build the ultimate roller coaster. Okay, you’re not actually going to build a life-size roller coaster that you can ride. Apparently, there’s this thing called safety that schools have to follow. Bummer. But you are going to design and build a model of a roller coaster. It needs to be the kind of roller coaster someone would actually enjoy.

So, think about this ultimate roller coaster.

1. Consider your ideal audience. Will it be a gentler ride for younger kids or will it be a terrifying ride for adventure-seekers? How do you want people to feel? Do you want people to feel scared? Nervous? Excited? Calm? Maybe a mix of all of those emotions?
2. What kind of theme will it have? See, every roller coaster has a theme. It might be a mountain theme or a space theme or pop culture theme. So, create a theme for your roller coaster.
3. Decide on the features of your ride. Will it have a huge drop? A loop? A corkscrew turn?
4. Think of the physics and mechanics of your ride. How will you keep your coaster going from start to finish without stopping?

For your model, you’re going to use:
Duct tape
Paper
Cardboard
A marble
Plastic straws
Popsicle sticks

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. Ultimately, your design is going to be awesome, because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

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Create an Arcade Game

Prompt

You’re going to design and build an arcade game.

Your items will include . . .
Cardboard
Duct tape
Plastic spoons
And a marble

So what will you make?

What will the rules be? How will you win? Will there be points? Time limits?

What will you do to make it fun? What will you do to engage the audience?

Will it be single player or multiple player?

How will it work? What will the physics be like?

What will the theme be? What kind of visual style will it have?

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. End the end, it’s going to be awesome, because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

 

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Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Prompt

You are a member of an elite team of engineers that just received a new challenge. You must design the world’s most eco-friendly kitchen.

Consider the following:

What items can you re-use and repurpose?
How can your design conserve water?
What features will you have to reduce waste?
What items could your kitchen include that would harness the power of the sun? Maybe a solar oven?
How might you rethink lighting and electricity to reduce energy use?

You will need to research examples of eco-friendly kitchen designs before creating your own plan. You will also build at least least one prototype of an item that belongs in the kitchen. This item has to be something that accomplishes a kitchen-related task while also producing zero emissions or waste.

Your design could change life on planet Earth.

Good luck!

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Design a School on Mars

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Design the Ultimate Tree House

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Create a Tiny House

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Design a City in the Sky

Prompt

You are leading a team of elite engineers and innovative architects that will design the first ever city in the sky.

Impossible?
Maybe.

A wild idea?
Absolutely.

Amazing?
If you make it that way.

So, consider the following:

Where would people live? What would the buildings be like? What type of architectural style would they have?

What kinds of transportation would residents use? Maybe floating pods? Perhaps parkour streets?
How would you take care of health and sanitation?
What would the schools be like? What would students learn?
What type of technology would they use? How would they communicate?
What would the food be like? How would they grow it?
What would people do for fun? What kinds of sports would they play? What would entertainment be like?
What would the layout be like? How would the city be organized?

Your city must be safe, self-sustaining, and ideal for life.

You can create a physical model or design your city in Minecraft.

Don’t forget to experiment and make tons of glorious mistakes. It’s going to be awesome because it’s yours and it’s coming from your creative mind.

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