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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.
Magnetic Spinner & CompassAdd to list Details
Learners use shop tools and various materials to construct a magnetic spinner and a compass.
Newton's Laws DemonstrationsAdd to list Details
In this collection of demonstrations, learners explore Newton's Laws of Motion.
PulleysAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners build inexpensive pulley assemblies from pulley wheels used for sliding screen door replacement or from clothesline spreaders.
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.
Marble GameAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners construct a simple game to test their hand-eye coordination and steadiness of hand.
In this activity, learners make plates levitate! Learners build "hovercrafts" using simple materials to explore friction and motion.
To learn how friction affects motion, learners build a measurement tool from a rubber band and other simple materials.
Learners build a simple hovercraft using air from a balloon to levitate a craft made from a compact disc (CD).
In this activity, learners explore the concept of how aerospace engineering has impacted sports, specifically exploring the design of golf balls.
Magnetic Marble RunAdd to list Details
Learners explore magnetism and motion as they build a simple marble run. Learners test different arrangements of plastic and cardboard tubes, bottles, and cups on a magnetic board.
In this activity (on page 2 of the PDF under GPS: Luge Activity), learners will construct a model hovercraft out of an empty spool and a piece of cardboard.
Bottle CarsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore motion, energy, and electricity by constructing bottle cars that run on motors.
Uncanny MotionAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore motion and airflow by setting two aluminum cans on their side and blowing air in-between them.
Over the HillAdd to list Details
In this physics activity, learners construct a small-scale version of a classic carnival game.
Reducing Friction-Build a Hovercraft
In this activity, learners learn about friction by making their own miniature hovercraft.
Rubber Band RacerAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners construct speedy vehicles made out of paper plates and powered by twisted rubber bands.
Coupled Resonant PendulumsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners discover that two pendulums suspended from a common support will swing back and forth in intriguing patterns, if the support allows the motion of one pendulum to influence t
Roving on the MoonAdd to list Details
In this design challenge activity, learners build a rubber band-powered rover that can scramble across the room.
Race Around the Black Hole
In this game, learners cutout a model black hole "cone" and attempt to roll around a marble or other small spherical object without touching the event horizon.