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Ewok Escape

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    Museum of Science, Boston

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Ewok Escape

The goal of this Star Wars activity is to design and build a balancing device to help an Ewok escape the Imperial Forces by sliding down a tightrope to safety. Working in small teams, leaners work to build a device that will balance an Ewok on top of a cart as it travels down a wire. Learners explore the concepts of center of mass, rigidity, flexibility, and weight distribution as they redesign their device and try to make it as tall as possible.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List

  • Tight-rope tracks
  • Balance carts
  • 1/2" metal nuts
  • Pipe-cleaners
  • Wooden dowels
  • Yellow pipette trays with velcro
  • Film canisters with holes
  • Tinker-Toy connectors
  • Plastic clips & Binder clips
  • Plastic pieces with holes
  • Cups (Dixie, or plastic)
  • Ewoks (or other ļ¬gures)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Center of Gravity
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Photography and Film/Video


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • Museum of Science, Boston, 2007

Funding Source:

  • The Gordon Foundation


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