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    In this activity, learners explore the design of rubber band powered cars. Learners work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own rubber band cars out of everyday items. They...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
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    In this activity, learners investigate passive solar building design with a focus solely on heating. They learn how insulation, window placement, thermal mass, surface colors, and site orientation...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 14 - 18 4 to 24 hours
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    In this activity, learners simulate nature's water filtration system by devising a system that will filter out both visible and invisible pollutants from water. Each group is asked to design a...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners explore how parachutes are used to slow down moving objects. Learners work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own parachutes out of everyday...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    In this activity, learners are introduced to challenges of maintaining temperatures while living in space. Thinking and acting like scientists and engineers, learners experiment to learn how to...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 14 - 18 1 to 7 days
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    This activity (on page 3 of the PDF under GPS: Sailboat Design Activity) is a full inquiry investigation into design optimization. Groups of learners will construct a basic sail car out of a fast...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 2 to 4 hours
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    American Association for the Advancement of Science
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    In this inquiry-based learning activity, learners design, build, and test their own ramps. They are introduced to a variety of materials and explore putting them together. They also create plans...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 4 - 8 45 to 60 minutes
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    In this activity, learners build small indoor paper rockets, determine their flight stability, and launch them by blowing air through a drinking straw. This lesson plan includes procedures for the...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    In this activity, learners explore the difference between compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs. Learners examine which light bulbs are more energy efficient by...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    In this small-group activity, learners assume the roles of pilots, air traffic controllers, and NASA scientists to solve five Air Traffic Control (ATC) problems. Learners examine different distance...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 7 days

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