Squirrel Obstacle Course
Hosted by: 4H CAPITAL
Visit our Booth: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
The Challenge: Design and create an obstacle course for a squirrel with at least 3 obstacles. Here are some design considerations to help you focus your design:
- Squirrels are excellent jumpers and climbers. How high would your squirrel obstacle course be set? How far apart would each obstacle be placed?
- What materials would you use for each part of the course? Why?
- What food would you use for the prize at the end of the course?
Watch this video for more background info:
- Cardboard tubes like paper towel or toilet paper tubes
- Cardboard or cereal boxes
- Recycling like plastic tubs, cans, etc
- Wooden dowel rods
- Tape, glue, string
- Building or other toys
- Anything else that sparks your imagination!
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Designing for Communities, People and Animals?
Engineers have to design for a variety of users. They may need to do research about the communities, people, or animals they are designing for, so the design can be the best fit for their intended users.
- Did gaining more knowledge about squirrels help you design your project?
Engineers often design projects with multiple parts or elements that work together, like each stage of this obstacle course.
- How did you tie together the separate elements of your design into one "look"?
Engineers may need to do multiple rounds (or iterations) of the Engineering Design Process to get their final product.
- Did you make multiple rounds of improvements during your design process?
- Are he materials you used in this prototype are the same as the material you would choose to use in your final product?
In our 4-H CAPITAL Science Clubs, instructors and kids learn together through engaging hands-on activities, exciting field trips, and unique guest speakers. We center our activities around youth interests to show how science is relevant to their everyday lives.
Through four STEM-based curriculum areas – Animal Science, Engineering & Technology, Garden Science, and Natural Resources –we inspire youth to explore, experiment, and problem-solve with confidence. By providing positive learning environments and team-building opportunities, our Science Clubs empower youth to become effective community members with an eye on science in their future.