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What's a more compelling problem to solve than being stranded on a deserted island? Would you be like the doctor from Gilligan's Island and design your way out of your situation or would be more like Gilligan? Kids can work in teams to design and build a prototype with simple craft materials of their solution. Will they design to make a life on the island or design a way to get off of it?

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • A wide variety of materials that can be cut, shaped and connected (cardboard, foil, straws, chopsticks, string and pipe cleaners work well. Other useful materials are cereal boxes, popsicle sticks, wire and felt.)
  • Index cards or tags to label


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • Noyce Foundation

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