Elevator Engineering

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
Activity link broken? See if it's at the internet archive
In this activity, learners will use household items to design and build an elevator that will carry 2 passengers to a height of 16 inches...or higher! The activity includes a time and age recommendation, a materials list, step-by-step set up instructions, tips for adults, learning and skills connections, a "what's going on" section, and a note about doing STEAM with kids.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Recycled items, such as toilet paper and paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, yogurt containers, egg cartons, etc.
  • Assorted craft supplies, such as craft sticks, pipe cleaners, brass fasteners, rubber bands, straws, paper clips, etc.
  • String, yarn, or fishing line
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • 2 small toys, figurines, or something similar to use as passengers
  • Ruler or tape measure


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Transportation


Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Boston Children's Museum, 2021