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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.
Build a Big Wheel
In this activity, learners explore how engineers have developed big wheels or Ferris wheels.
Build a Lever
Learners build a lever and use it to lift a load. With the load on one end of the ruler, learners add coins to the effort cup at the other end until the load is lifted.
Forces on the Human MoleculeAdd to list Details
In this physical activity, two lines of learners link hands and arms to model a beam subject to various loading schemes.
Stop the StretchingAdd to list Details
Learners work with plastic sheeting, masking tape, and string to design the perfect material for plastic chair webbing, and then construct their webbing.
Paper BridgeAdd to list Details
In this engineering activity, challenge learners to construct a paper bridge that can support 100 pennies.
In this engineering/design/arts and crafts activity, learners design and build "platforms" or "bridges" that can hold weight, and test which glue makes the strongest structure.
The Squeeze is OnAdd to list Details
Each group of learners uses everyday materials, such as paper, toothpicks, and tape to design and construct a structure intended to support the weight of a cinder block for 30 seconds.
Super Golf TowerAdd to list Details
In this engineering activity, challenge learners to build a tower out of 10 sheets of newspaper and 3 feet of masking tape, which can hold a golf ball balancing at the top.
Solar Cell Simulation
In this activity, learners model the flow of energy from the sun as it enters a photovoltaic cell, moves along a wire and powers a load.
In this design activity, learners create a vehicle that can transport a load, like a favorite toy or as a recycled object, from the top of a zipline to the bottom using only gravity.
Speedy ShelterAdd to list Details
In this design challenge activity, learners invent an emergency shelter that can fit a person and is sturdy and quick to build.
3 Classes of Levers
In this physics activity (page 3 of the PDF), learners will move a load using a lever of each of the 3 classes. They will explore the differences between these classes and which are more effective.
Spaghetti BridgeAdd to list Details
Learners explore the field of civil engineering by making a bridge using spaghetti as their primary building material.
Levers at Play
In this activity, learners consider how a simple machine, a lever, turns a small push or pull (a small force) into a larger--or stronger--push or pull (a larger force).
Newspaper BridgesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners build bridges out of newspaper and tape to explore how structures are designed to bear loads.