The Dump Truck Incident: An Elementary Problem-Solving Challenge

The Dump Truck Incident (also known as the Pumpkin Push) is a problem-solving challenge that can get your elementary students excited and thinking about engineering concepts in a new way. With an inexpensive set-up and a fun problem to solve, let your students loose to figure out the best way to clean up a mountain of gourds from a busy roadway.

Reporting Live from the Scene

“Oh, I am so glad you are here!  I’ve been waiting for you. There’s been an accident on the East-Tex Freeway in this 8 a.m. traffic.  We have quite a mess! A dump truck has wrecked and lost its load of pumpkins! No worries though. The driver was not injured…he walked away just fine. However, traffic is ALL backed up. They said they were sending over a group of fourth grade engineers. You are the ones they were talking about, right?”

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