In the fairy tale of The Pied Piper of Hamlin, the king of the land offers a pot of gold to whomever can rid the town of rats. The Piper offers his services and the king agrees. The Piper begins playing his musical flute and marches the rats out of town. Upon returning to the town, the piper asks for payment and the king denies him the gold. So, to punish the king and his townsfolk, the Piper plays his musical flute once again and this time lures all of the children away.
In this fairy tale challenge, teams are tasked with building a musical instrument that meets a set of criteria and constraints. As students work towards a solution, they are using the Engineering Design Process as well as refining their skills in the NGSS Engineering Design Performance Expectations.
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