Floating Nests Raft: Ever Heard Of A Floating Bird Nest? Creative Commons, Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)
Authors: Eugenides Foundation
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In this challenge, students explore marine engineering as they design a floating platform for lakes or rivers in order to entice water birds to build their nests there, protecting them from seasonal floods or other risks. They learn to use the scientific principles of balancing forces, more specifically of buoyancy, density and weight and will get acquainted with the science investigation process.
Knowledge acquisition gain
  Skills: Introduction of the world of design process and on how engineers work / encourage problem-solving skills / practical application of science and math in engineering / developing critical thinking / support teamwork, motivation, troubleshooting and learning from failure / understanding of the materials and their role in the engineering process. Science concepts: floating / mass / volume / density / weight / stability / balanced forces / buoyancy

Workforce in Engineering

Engineering accounts for almost half of the STEM student population. In the EU, jobs for engineers and other researchers grew by 7% in the past five years. Jobs for science and engineering technicians - such as construction supervisors and process controllers - grew by 2%. Overall, they account for 7% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 15 million European engineering and science workers are employed. Many of them work in the manufacturing, construction, and professional service sectors. In the next years, jobs for engineers and researchers will increase by 13%, and jobs for science and engineering technicians will increase by 2%.

  240 min
Number of staff
Science Discipline
Education Level
12-15 years
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer
Knowledge prerequisites
Classroom use
Supervision required
Self study / No supervision
Teacher supervision required
Technical requirements
You'll need to buy some materials

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