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Gravity in ActionAdd to list Details
Explore the effects of gravity on a slowly falling object: a parachute you make out of plastic bags, string and stones.
Physics Tug of War
Learners set up books with rubber bands stretched between the books. When two identical books are stretched apart and released, they move back toward each other an equal distance.
Lifting with Levers!
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!
Soup Can DerbyAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 2 of PDF under GPS: Roller Coaster Design Activity), learners will use food cans of many different properties (sizes, shapes, and weights) and set two cans on their sides at
Watch It Fly
Learners observe projectile motion by launching wooden balls off of a table top. They set up a rubber-band launcher so that each ball experiences a consistent amount of force.
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.
Heavyweight Champion: JupiterAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners confront their perceptions of gravity in the solar system.
Canine House of CardsAdd to list Details
This simple construction activity teaches the importance of architectural structure. Learners build and test designs for a paper "doghouse" strong enough to hold the weight of a jumbo dog biscuit.
Chew that GumAdd to list Details
In this quick activity (page 1 of PDF under SciGirls Activity: Exercise and Memory), learners will investigate what happens to bubble gum when it is chewed for 5-10 minutes.
The Pull of the PlanetsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners model the gravitational fields of planets on a flexible surface.
Dunking the PlanetsAdd to list Details
In this demonstration, learners compare the relative sizes and masses of scale models of the planets as represented by fruits and other foods.
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.
What Gives?Add to list Details
In this activity, learners design, build and test a model suspension bridge for sturdiness and strength.
Spaghetti BridgeAdd to list Details
Play with your food while learning about engineering! Build a spaghetti bridge, then test its strength by piling on the marshmallows, raw spaghetti, raw linguine and coins.
Newton's 2nd Law: Inquiry Approach
In this lab activity, learners act as fellow scientists and colleagues of Isaac Newton. He has asked them to independently test his ideas on the nature of motion, in particular his 2nd Law.
Deep Sea DiverAdd to list Details
In this ocean engineering activity, learners explore buoyancy and water displacement. Then, learners design models of deep sea divers that are neutrally buoyant.
Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation
In this activity, learners discover how NASA engineers develop experimental aircraft.
Yes, you can weigh your car by figuring out your wheel's tire pressure combined with the "tire's footprint." You'll need someone with a car, driver's license, and safety in mind.
Strengthen a Paper BridgeAdd to list Details
In this quick activity (page 1 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Tug O' War), learners will test how many pennies a flat paper index card bridging the gap between two stacks of books is able to supp
Space Stations: Beans in SpaceAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners perform 20 arm curls with cans that simulate the weight of beans on Earth versus the weights of the same number of beans on the Moon and in space.