How to turn DIY into an Engineering Activity Box


We love engineering and building subscription boxes for kids. But there is also a very easy and accessible way to teach kids engineering principles. DIY!

I once read in a blog that you should never fix or build anything at home without involving your kids (safety permitting of course). Instead of shooing them out of the way, involving kids in DIY can be a fantastic way to teach engineering principles and get kids using tools.

So last weekend, my husband and son set out to build a shoe bench. What did my son learn about the engineering process?

Start with a problem:

Way too many shoes scattered in our entryway

Identify any design requirements:

The solution had to fit into a small space. It also had to hold at least 12 pairs of shoes. 

Design the solution:

Shoe bench (Someone else thankfully designed this, so we could skip the prototype and testing phase.)

Implement the solution:

Thanks to a handy dandy guide and tools, my husband and son put together the solution.

Conduct a design review:

The legs should have been made adjustable to account for uneven flooring in our kitchen.

Using these steps to go through any DIY project will help develop a framework for approaching challenges. Now our little engineer is ready for bigger and better DIY!

 

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