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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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    WGBH
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    In this simple and fun activity, learners build a tower of cups to explore distribution of weight. Learners make predictions about their towers and test their designs. Activity extensions include...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 11 10 to 30 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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    IEEE
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    In this activity, learners design, build, test and redesign a display tower that will meet a specific set of criteria and constraints. Learners apply the engineering design process to solve the...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 18 2 to 4 hours
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will whip up some suds with a cup of water and a tablespoon of dish soap until the bubbles are stiff enough to start piling on a plate. The challenge...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    IEEE
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    In this activity, learners explore the design of tall structures such as skyscrapers and telecommunication towers. Learners work in teams to engineer the tallest tower they can build using just...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    WGBH
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    In this engineering activity (page 2 of PDF), young learners investigate how a wide base can make a building more stable. Learners use blocks or boxes of different sizes to construct stable towers....

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 4 - 8 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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    IEEE
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    In this activity, learners explore how engineers work in a team to solve problems. Learners learn how structural, economic, and environmental factors must be evaluated when planning to move a...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    WGBH
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    In this engineering activity, challenge learners to build a tower out of 10 sheets of newspaper and 3 feet of masking tape, which can hold a golf ball balancing at the top. Learners explore ways to...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 6 - 11 10 to 30 minutes

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