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Build a Bubble Circuit

In this engineering design challenge, learners make a bubble maze that allows bubbles to move through a series of “on” and “off” switches. 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 group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • modeling clay
  • thumbtacks
  • paperclips
  • milkshake straws
  • recycled bottle cork
  • plastic cups
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • magnet
  • clear tub
  • water


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Computer Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Circuits
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases

Informal Categories

  • Computers
  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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