Field Trip: Engineering Challenges (Grades 5-8)

What is the design process? What do engineers do? In this hands on workshop we invite students to go through the steps that engineers do. Then think up awesome and practical solutions to invent, design, and build things that matter to the world.  We will be doing some oldie but goodie engineering challenges like bridge building, parachute making, boat designing, zip-line creating all out of legos and recycled materials. 

Students will: 

  • Learn about and participate in the design process

  • Learn about what engineers do and do it - think creatively, and critically and work collaboratively in order to solve a problem

  • Learn that one problem can and does have many different solutions

  • Build creative confidence

  • Develop collaborative skills by working in small groups.

  • Practice skills of brainstorming

Learning Standards: 

  • VA3.CR.1c, VA3.CR.2, VA3.CN.3

  • 4th Grade: Science and Engineering Practices, VA4.CR.4 

  • S5P2, VA5.CR.1, VA5.CR.2, VA5.CR.3, VA5.CR.4 

  • VA6.CR.3, VA6.CR.5, VA6.RE.2 

  • VA7.PR.1, VA7.RE.1 

  • S8P2, VA8.CR.1d,e


  • Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Price: $20 per student / non participating chaperones are free

  • Registrations that are cancelled 2 weeks prior to the workshop, class or school program will result in a refund of 50%. No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the workshop, class or school program.

  • Group size: 30 max

  • Times: 10-11:30 or 10:30-12noon

  • Parking: MODA does not have a reserved parking area. Buses are able to park on 16th Street NE, between the High Museum of Art and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Please note that parking is on a first come, first serve basis. For smaller groups, with passenger vehicles, parking is available along Peachtree St. NE and in the Lanier Parking Deck located at 1337 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Have any questions? Contact Alice Vogler at to explore the possibilities of bringing your group to MODA.