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Frisky feet: Winter-proof a pair of shoes

In the unit “Designing Insulating Shoe Soles” pupils are introduced to the fact that engineers follow an Engineering Design Process in their work. When faced with an engineering challenge the pupils need to ask: What do we know? What do we need to investigate? The preparatory lesson aims at raising awareness of how engineering contributes to our daily lives inEDP-illustrationways that are not always obvious.

In Lesson 1, the pupils are introduced to the concept of the school class going to Greenland and forgetting all their shoes. As they plan to embark on a dog-sled trip the day after they arrive they need to construct shoe soles that will insulate them from the cold ground. The pupils are introduced to facts about Greenland and a model of the Engineering Design Process.

In Lesson 2 the ‘ask’ element of the engineering process leads to an investigation of heat conduction and insulating materials. The pupils experiment in groups in order to find out what they need to know about building engineering and insulation for this challenge.

Lesson 3 involves the pupils in applying the engineering design process to meet the challenge. The challenge is: How to design a shoe sole that insulates against the cold?

In Lesson 4 it’s time to evaluate the process of creating the shoe sole. This is also the moment for pupils to show if they were able to meetall the criteria and to talk about how they made improvements.












 >Click here to download the teacher guid – materials engineering, materials, insulation

>Here are the trainings handbooks for facilitating an ENGINEER training for teachers


For further information, contact: Sheena Laursen,