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This is a simple activity fully driven by imagination. Using materials from the home, toys, or items from nature, learners create their own world to play with.
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.
This activity (on page 2 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Hovercraft) is a full inquiry investigation into hovercraft engineering and design optimization.
In this activity, learners construct their own small catapults using simple materials. Learners follow visual instructions to build their launching device.
In this engineering activity (page 3 of PDF), young learners investigate how a pole can be made stable by “planting” its base in the ground or adding supports to the base.
Learners construct a bird feeder from re-used materials. After hanging their feeder, they keep a journal about what birds visit the feeder.
In this activity, learners construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from an effervescing antacid tablet reacting with water, and build a launch pad for their rocket.
In this activity, learners explore the engineering design process and the basic mechanics behind building bridges as they build one themselves using gumdrops and toothpicks.
Using simple materials from around the house and recycled materials, learners will engineer a grabber device to pick up and put down objects that are at least 12 inches away.
In this activity, learners are challenged to create a parachute using easily sourced materials in order to transport a LEGO figure safely to the ground.
Learners explore the Bernoulli effect by building an airfoil (airplane wing) and making it fly.
In this activity, learners construct hail-proof houses using recycled materials to discuss storm readiness and safety.
In this activity, learners are challenged to design and build a miniature tree house in a potted plant. This activity uses engineering concepts to encourage creativity.
Learners design, build, and test models of "dragon boats" made from up to three milk cartons.
In this activity, learners use recycled materials to build a bridge that holds as many potatoes as possible. They investigate weight, height, strength, and measurement as they seek design solutions.
In this activity, learners create a sound visualizer from common materials to help see the vibrations created by sound. Sounds from a tone generator make salt dance on a vibrating balloon membrane.
In this activity, learners will engineer a roof using simple materials to protect a construction paper person from a rainstorm.
In this activity learners will build roller coasters and test them using small balls or marbles.
In this activity, learners will engineer their own weather vane. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a "What's Happening?" section explaining how the activity worked.