It takes 30 million eggs a day to satisfy the US consumer! Ohio is #2 in the nation in egg production and ag engineers have helped to design facilities that keep chickens safe from predators and disease, comfortable in all kinds of weather and allow the animals easy access to water and food made from soybean meal. In addition, the eggs the animals produce must be safely transported, cleaned and packaged. In this activity students will use the engineering design process to imagine, plan and test a prototype egg catcher.
Engineer an Egg Catcher
Use the engineering design process and create a prototype egg catcher.
Ohio is the second-largest egg producing state in the nation producing more that 7.6 billion eggs (2012) with an estimated value of more than $523 million per year. Ohio’s egg farms must follow all state and national guidelines from the FDA to ensure eggs are safe and free from salmonella and other food borne bacteria. Ohio’s egg farmers participate in the United Egg Producers Certified animal care program that places priority on the comfort, health and safety of chickens: increased cage space per hen and standards for trimming of chick beaks to avoid pecking and other injuries. Agriculture engineers are needed to design and build innovative automated poultry equipment and address systems such as waste management, the feeding/watering of animals, creating housing structures that keep the animals safe and comfortable and a variety of other important issues in animal agriculture.
Next gen standards
Science and engineering practices
Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
Systems and system models
Disciplinary core ideas/content
ETS1 Engineering Design
ETS1A Defining and Delimiting an Engineering problem
ETS1B Developing possible solutions
ETS1C Optimizing the design solution
ETS2 Links among Engineering, technology, science and society
ETS2A Interdependence of science, engineering and technology
ETS2B Influence of engineering, technology and science on society and the natural world
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