1. To get a feel for the construction, students may wish to visit Build the London Eye Online to explore the components of the London Eye. There are also lots of other educational resources at www.londoneye.com/LearningAndDiscovery/Education/TeacherResource/OnlineR....
2. Divide students into groups of 2-3 students, providing a set of materials per group.
3. Explain that students must develop a turning pasta wheel (you may wish to require "weights" such as tea bags which can be tied onto the wheel).
4. Students meet and develop a plan for their wheel. They agree on materials they will need, write or draw their plan, and then present their plan to the class. They should consider the stages of construction.
5. Student teams will request of the "project manager" (you!) the quantity of different pasta shapes they want for their design. They will likely come back and ask for different or additional shapes during construction.