Fourth-grade students took the ultimate challenge of designing packages for chips under the direction of GATE teachers Jennifer Kopach and Joanna Sovek. Students are sending a single Pringle potato chip through the mail to students at North Allegheny by creating the best possible package to protect the chip.
Most of the students work on design and packaging. Students are able to use a variety of materials except for glass, wood, metal, hard plastic, packing peanuts, or bubble wrap. The packaging is required to fit in a 9x13 envelope.
The big idea for the engineering project was to apply science concepts to the creation of something useful. The project helped involved students understanding and minimizing the forces acting on an object with the package design.
After the design and shipping phases, students logged live via video on iPads for the big reveal on December 21, 2021, with North Allegheny, who received their shipments at Ingomar Elementary School.
Fourth-graders Zoha Adeel and Natalie Pala discovered that their chips survived being shipped via the postal service. They used pine needles, soft bread, hay, and even feathers to achieve success.
They did indicate that they worked and worked on perfecting their package designs.
Some students revealed broken chips while others like Zoha and Natalie created the ultimate design that kept the chips fully intact.