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    Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
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    Learners work in groups to design and build a tower out of balsa wood. As a motivator, they can compete to build a tower with the highest strength-to-weight ratio. Learners draw structurally sound...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 11 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity, learners build bridges out of newspaper and tape to explore how structures are designed to bear loads. Learners adjust and modify their designs to accommodate a certain amount of...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 4 - 11 2 to 4 hours
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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
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    Learners build structures from spaghetti and marshmallows to determine which structures are able to handle the greatest load. Their experiments help them to further understand the effects that...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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    In this three-day lesson, learners identify two-dimensional shapes used in castle construction, create a castle collage using assorted shapes, and design tapestries using repeated patterns of color...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 4 - 8 1 to 7 days
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    New York Hall of Science
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    If you have 3-foot dowels and rubber bands, you can can started on this fun and open design challenge. You can make structures big and small: make it so you can fit your parent into it! You can do...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
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    How does a green roof, or roof covered by plants, affect the temperature of the inside and outside of a building? Learners design and build houses to find out the answer. In doing so, they need to...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    Techbridge
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    In this activity (located on pages 23-24 of the PDF), learners are introduced to structural engineering and encouraged to practice goal-oriented building. Learners work to build the strongest dome...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    WGBH
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    This event guide features three related explorations in which learners investigate the following science concepts: how you design and build a structure helps determine how strong it will be;...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 4 - 6 45 to 60 minutes
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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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    In this four-day lesson, learners identify three-dimensional forms in castle design, research different parts of the castle with a focus on their uses, and design and enlarge a banner for the great...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 11 1 to 7 days
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    COSI
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    In this geology and engineering activity (page 7 of the PDF), learners build an earthquake simulator, then use it to test various building designs, exploring different materials, shapes, and design...

    Over $20 per group Ages 14 - 18 1 to 2 hours

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