Building for Birdie

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Introduction  

Birds are some of the most ingenious engineers of the natural world. Bird homes come in a variety of shapes and can be made out of everything from mud and stones to sticks and ribbons! In this design challenge, you’ll engineer a sturdy home for a bird. You can make an eggheaded plan first, or just wing it — either way let your imagination take flight!

Design Challenge

Design and build a home sturdy enough to keep a “bird” safe.

Subject

Science, Language Arts

Time

30 minutes

Key Concepts

Ornithology, structural engineering, compare and contrast

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JUMP IN!

Walk around your neighborhood and notice what kind of birds live near you. What size are they? Can you see any nests and what materials the birds have used?

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REWARDING & FLEXIBLE

Design and build a home sturdy enough to keep a “bird” safe.

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DESIGN CHALLENGES AHEAD!

Add some criteria to your nest, like having to survive strong winds or needing to fit more birds inside.

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