EYE LEGO Engineering Design Challenge: Pyramids

Challenge: Design and build a pyramid around an item that is special to you

Engineering Goals:

  • Learn about how pyramids work
  • Learn about how the Egyptians built the pyramids using simple machines because they didn't have modern tools (this website has some great materials for exploring this!)

Leader Instructions/Tips:

  • Begin by discussing Egypt and the amazing pyramids. When an important Pharaoh passed away, he would be put in an elaborate coffin surrounded by treasures to carry with him into the after life. To prevent grave robbers, the Pyramids had complex paths and traps to catch any person who was trying to steal the Pharaohs treasures. Ask students to build a pyramid and enclose an object within it that had significance to them. Some students can even designed traps to capture thieves!