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Fizzy Nano ChallengeAdd to list Details
This lesson focuses on how materials behave differently as their surface area increases.
Lifting with Levers!Add to list Details
In this fun hands-on activity learners explore a simple machine: the lever. What happens to a load when you multiply the length of a lever? Find out here!
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.
Hull EngineeringAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how the hull shape impacts a ship's performance and stability.
Don't Crack Humpty
Groups of learners are provided with a generic car base and an egg. Their mission: design a device/enclosure to protect the egg on or in the car as it rolls down a ramp with increasing slopes.
Solar StructuresAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how the power of the sun can be harnessed to heat and cool a building.
Working with Wind EnergyAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how wind energy can be generated on both a large and small scale.
Landing the RoverAdd to list Details
In this team design challenge (page 19-24 of PDF), learners "land" a model Lunar Rover in a model Landing Pod (both previously built in activities #3 and #4 in PDF).
Toxic Popcorn Design ChallengeAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore the engineering design process (EDP)—the process engineers use to solve design challenges.
Shipping for SurvivalAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how packaging engineers develop customized shipping and packaging containers to meet the needs of many different industries.
Engineered MusicAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore how musical instruments are engineered.
In this activity (located on pages 23-24 of the PDF), learners are introduced to structural engineering and encouraged to practice goal-oriented building.
Build an Electromagnet
In this activity, learners will build a simple electromagnet. They will test variables that would make the electromagnet stronger.
Homemade Hovercraft!Add to list Details
This activity (on page 2 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Hovercraft) is a full inquiry investigation into hovercraft engineering and design optimization.
Build Your Own Robot Arm
In this lesson, learners develop a robot arm using common materials. Learners explore design, construction, and teamwork, as well as materials selection and use.
Make a Tikiville TeepeeAdd to list Details
In this great hands-on activity, learners use patterns to make a teepee from newspaper that they sit inside.
Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space Telescope
Space telescopes can offer us better, clearer views of the universe (and of our own planet) than Earth-based telescopes can, but getting these large, delicate pieces of equipment into orbit is tricky.
Jump Into Design: Understanding the Design Process
In this series of activities (page 5), students are introduced to the design process.
Proportionality: The X-Plane GenerationAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners build a 1:140 "scale model" of NASA's X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Technology Demonstrator, and investigate how the model dimensions compare to the real vehicle.
Twirling in the BreezeAdd to list Details
In this engineering activity, learners build a device (an anemometer) to measure how fast the wind is blowing.