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Elevator Engineering


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Elevator Engineering

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

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

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

Subjects


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

Informal Categories


  • Model Building
  • Transportation

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Boston Children's Museum, ©2021

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