Whale of a Tale is an astounding tale that has circulated since it occurred in 1970, in Florence Oregon. Paul Linnman reported on this engineering challenge. How do you remove a beached whale of this size. If they hauled it out into the water, it was assumed that it would wash back up onto shore. If they buried it, they believed that the waves would uncover it. Lastly, they could not burn it.
Students in class are also presented this engineering challenge, to see what solutions they come up with. They start with brainstorming many ideas, and then compare with others and refine their ideas.
This process is guided with a structured worksheet.