Build a Sand Sculpture
Yes, you could build a common, ordinary sand castle, but why limit your engineering imagination with just a castle. Hasn't the world seen enough castles. Let's put our engineering skills to a real test and build some sand sculptures. Think about making a sand rocket ship, a sand sea animal, a sand carnival ride, a sand ice cream cone, a sand flip flop, a sand magic carpet, etc. All of these objects require observation, strategic thinking, innovation, and a good dose of learning about the general properties of sand. Sand is used in a lot of products and processes. Just feeling it between your fingers provides a basic context for bigger and more complex principles.
Did you know - you can make glass AND concrete from sand? Ponder that!
Pick a beach, any beach...or a sand lot, or a back bay with sand, or anywhere with sand really.
Project Materials List
The sky is the limit here!
buckets and shovels
tupperware, gladware, or other resealable containers that make shapes in sand
tools for carving - plastic knives, plastic forks, spatulas, shovels, etc
decorations - rocks, sticks, leaves, seaweed, etc
Related Web Links
I didn't find any good links for this. People seem to be stuck on just castles.
Ideas, Notes, & Tips
DON'T LEAVE ANY TRASH ON THE BEACH!!! That's a number one cardinal rule about being a good STEM steward. ALWAYS take care of mother earth!