Intelligent Optics Laboratory University of Dayton School of Engineering Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics

S.T.E.M. Stories: The Airport Book

s.t.e.m. Career Connections
  • Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, and Construction
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  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
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  • English Language Arts
Students imagine working as a line crewmember (a person that loads and unloads luggage) for an airline company. Because unloading luggage from an airplane by hand is time consuming and inefficient, you decide to try and come up with a better luggage transport system.

The student's challenge is to to design a more efficient system for transporting luggage straight from the airplane to the conveyor belt where passengers pick up their belongings. Their design must transfer marbles from an elevated cup (symbolizing the airplane) to a cup on a lower level (symbolizing the baggage claim area), while only using the provided materials.


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