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In this design challenge, learners will create wind-powered contraptions to transport a load, such as a cupcake or another small object, and test to see if they work.
Heavy Lifting: Design SquadAdd to list Details
In this engineering challenge, learners design and build a crane out of cardboard to see how heavy a load it can lift.
TopsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that some things only stand up while they are spinning.
Learners explore the concepts of equilibrium and center of mass by seeing how non-symmetrical objects balance.
Set It StraightAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners build a simple tabletop seesaw to test how different variables (the position of the fulcrum, distance, weight) affect its balance under increasing weight loads.
Pencil BalanceAdd to list Details
In this activity, challenge learners to make a pencil stand on its tip using only two pieces of wire and two clothespins. Use this activity to demonstrate the center of gravity.
You Can't Take It With You
This activity models the necessary balance of creating power and cleaning up its associated waste. Learners participate in a game where they attempt to move forward toward a goal.
Soaring Towers: Building with Recycled Materials
In this activity, learners will build the highest tower they can out of recycled materials.
Lightest and Heaviest: Sorting Algorithms
Computers are often used to put lists into some sort of order—for example, names into alphabetical order, appointments or e-mail by date, or items in numerical order.
A Stand-up EggAdd to list Details
In this science trick, learners get an egg to stand-up on its long-axis vertical to a table's top.
Zip LineAdd to list Details
In this design challenge activity, learners build a device to carry a Ping-Pong ball from the top of a zip line to the bottom in four seconds (or less!).
Vestibular-Ocular ReflexAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will perform various investigations to understand the vestibular-ocular reflex and learn about the importance of visual cues in maintaining balance.
Wind TubeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore moving air and the physics of lift and drag by constructing homemade wind tunnels.
The Best Dam Simulation Ever
This online simulation game explores the different consequences of water levels on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.
Symmetry of Butterfly Wings
In this activity, learners investigate balance and symmetry by designing a symmetrical butterfly, using a paper cutout.
In this quick activity, learners take a balance challenge to measure their average balance time. As they collect data, they investigate how practice and repetition improve their balance time.
The goal of this Star Wars activity is to design and build a balancing device to help an Ewok escape the Imperial Forces by sliding down a tightrope to safety.
Make a Mobile!
In this activity, learners make mobiles to explore the concepts of balance, counterbalance, weight, and counterweight.
Gravity and Muscles
In this activity about center of gravity (page 23 of PDF), learners investigate how the body adjusts to the force of gravity to remain balanced.
Balancing StickAdd to list Details
In this quick and simple activity, learners explore how the distribution of the mass of an object determines the position of its center of gravity, its angular momentum, and your ability to balance it