Pop Fly Challenge:
Invent a way to send a ping-pong ball flying high enough to catch it. Take some paint stirrers, a wooden spool, and tape. Now, add your foot.
Guide groups of students through the process of engineering a device that launches a ball high enough so you can catch it using duct-tape, paint stirrers, a ping-pong ball, a wooden block or spool, and paper cups.
I would like the volunteer to briefly explain:
What do you do? What excites you about your work/why do you love about your job?
I would also like the volunteer to ask the students questions like:
Why do you think some designs worked better than others?
What did you change from your first design to your second?
How do levers work? (converting a little effort into a lot of force.)
I would like the industry expert to advise students on their group projects.