Hey @Joe D'Annibale! I really like this idea. I just wanted to share my experience with you in hopes that it helps you build out yours. In 5th grade, we had a cleaned out peanut butter jar that sat at the front of the classroom. It was our "question of the day" jar where we could write a question on a piece of paper and submit it. At the end of the week, we'd receive responses to our questions from a mysterious person. It wasn't until the end of the year wh had a field trip to the Physics Department at the University of Minnesota and met our surprise Professor of Science who had been answering our questions for us. It was so much fun!
I love Apollo13 and this idea Michelle. It brings things back to the physical and tangible engineering side of problem solving, rather than theoretical or computers or apps or smart phones. The exercise would probably showcase leadership skills and how teams organise themselves to solve problems. Nice!