Crash Test Piñata by @TechbridgeGirls

Required materials:

materials for the piñata (i.e. cereal box, other food packaging box, cardboard, poster board, packaging paper, etc.), tape, string, scissors, candy, rope, broomstick (or pool noodle or plastic baseball bat)


In this activity, you will design a piñata using an empty cereal box and other materials. Like a safety engineer designing a car to withstand a crash, you will use engineering skills to make a piñata that can withstand the impact of 10 hits and safely contain one cup of candy.


Materials don't necessarily have to be purchased new for this activity. Household or classroom items that you already have can be used (i.e. cardboard boxes from recent online purchases, any empty cardboard packaging, upcycled cardstock or posterboard from previous projects, etc.). You may already have a suitable broomstick to use instead of purchasing a new one, or you can opt for a ""softer"" object to test piñatas with like a plastic bat or a pool noodle.

NGSS alignment:

1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)  2. Developing and using models  3. Planning and carrying out investigations 6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)