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Engineer an Octopus Suction Pad

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Engineer an Octopus Suction Pad

In this engineering design challenge, learners build an octopus-inspired suction pad that can grab an object and hold it tightly in the air. As learners work their way through the design process, they can upload descriptions and images of their plans, designs, and testing process. If learners register, they can submit their work for mentor feedback, and a mentor will respond with comments and suggestions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • balloon
  • rubber bands
  • syringe
  • plastic tubing
  • sand


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
    • Evolution
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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