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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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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this engineering activity, learners design and build a mechanical arm to lift a small item. Learners must follow certain design constraints as they build an arm that can lift a paper cup from...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 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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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this engineering activity, learners build a device (an anemometer) to measure how fast the wind is blowing. Learners are encouraged to brainstorm, build, redesign/rebuild, collect data and...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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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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    In this design-based activity, learners explore environments, ecosystems, energy flow and organism interactions by creating a model biodome. Learners become engineers who create model ecosystems....

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 11 - 14 4 to 24 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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    Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, Tufts University
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    After a discussion about what a parachute is and how it works, learners create parachutes using different materials that they think will work best. They test their designs, and then contribute to a...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    New York Hall of Science
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    If you have lights, cardboard, scissors, and some brass fasteners, you can make shadow puppets! Create a story-telling and design challenge for your learners with this simple and creative activity.

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - adult 30 to 45 minutes
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    NASA
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    In this activity, learners build a 1:140 "scale model" of NASA's X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Technology Demonstrator, and investigate how the model dimensions compare to the...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours

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