This week in the Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales II series, is the tale of The Bremen Town Musicians. In this fairy tale, the musicians- the donkey, the hound, the cat and the rooster- set out to become town musicians. On their way into the town, they came upon a house of robbers and they work together to drive the robbers from the house, giving them shelter for the night. So as not to be bested, the robbers approach the house at dark and are once again driven away.
In this engineering design challenge, students work in teams to devise a trap that will keep the robbers away. Using low-cost materials, students follow the their criteria and constraints to find the best solution.