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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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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    In this activity, learners investigate balance and symmetry by designing a symmetrical butterfly, using a paper cutout. Then they use pennies symmetrically placed to balance the butterfly on the...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 4 - 6 10 to 30 minutes
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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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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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    Learners work in pairs to create three simple types of bridges, a beam bridge, an arch bridge, and a suspension bridge. They will observe how the bridges work under load and discover why engineers...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    WGBH
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    In this design challenge activity, learners build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land. Learners follow the engineering design process to design and build a...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    WGBH
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    In this design challenge activity, learners build a tower that can support a tennis ball at least 18 inches off the ground while withstanding the wind from a fan. Learners will build a sturdy frame...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    WGBH
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    In this design challenge activity, learners build a four-stringed instrument that can play a tune. This lesson plan includes information on sound energy and pitch and the design process, as well as...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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    In this activity, learners examine ways that Native Americans of the Southwest express their relationship with nature through art. Learners cooperate to create a large weaving and individual rug...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 4 - 11 30 to 45 minutes
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    WGBH
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    In this invention challenge activity, learners create an indoor game for one or two people that gets you moving. This lesson guide includes instructions on how to play an “imagine new uses for old...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    NASA
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    In this team design challenge (page 19-24 of PDF), learners "land" a model Lunar Rover in a model Landing Pod (both previously built in activities #3 and #4 in PDF). Learners drop the...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 1 to 2 hours

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