S.T.E.M. Stories: Two Bobbies

s.t.e.m. Career Connections
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Human Services, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
S.T.E.M. Disciplines
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Non-s.t.e.m. Disciplines
  • English Language Arts
Students are told a recent hurricane has collapsed a bridge, which was the only way out of an island.  The island's inhabitants are running out of resources quickly, and need help.  An engineering team has concluded that the best and safest option is to transport people off the island.  The water's current is currently too storng, thus making it an unsafe means of transportation.  The only means of transportation remaining is the island's famous zip line, which includes a section leading from the island to a neighboring city.

The student's challenge is to design and build a cradle that will safely transport one islander at a time across the zip line from the island to the neighboring city.
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School of Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 564 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254