In this unit, students will conduct scientific investigations and use the engineering design process to solve a problem related to the Three Little Pigs. The scientific investigations will engage students in understanding composite materials and how they improve the performance of an end product. The students will form generalizations using their prior knowledge and scientific investigations about materials. Students will use composite materials to create a structure that can both stand in a windy environment without failing and stand up to weights falling on top of it without failing. Students will utilize the engineering design process to test which composite materials will create the strongest end product. They will engage in collecting, analyzing and recording data throughout this collaborative inquiry based unit.