Caution! Wildlife Crossing

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In this design challenge, learners use their creativity and imagination to design and test a wildlife crossing for their favorite animal. Wildlife crossings help animals cross roads and dams, to remain safe while gathering food, caring for babies, and finding safe places to live. This activity includes step-by-step instructions to define the problem test and reflect with helpful graphics. The print-out activity guide also has animal fact cards to spark learner's design process, background content on animals in the wild, and reading connections. A Spanish version of the activity is also available.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • Wildlife Cards (on page 4 of activity guide)
  • Paper and something to draw with (for planning)
  • Small structural items, examples: balsa wood, cardboard, printer paper, construction paper
  • Large structural items, examples: towels, pillows, blankets, boxes, extra chairs
  • Connector items, examples: hair bands, paper fasteners, rubber bands, string, twist ties, masking tape
  • Variety of testing materials, examples: water bottle, book, a toy animal, (Optional) Arduino Science Journal App


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Biosphere
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


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