Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, Tufts University
Design a ParachuteAdd to list Details
After a discussion about what a parachute is and how it works, learners create parachutes using different materials that they think will work best.
Stop the StretchingAdd to list Details
Learners work with plastic sheeting, masking tape, and string to design the perfect material for plastic chair webbing, and then construct their webbing.
Ball Bounce ExperimentAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners investigate the properties of different types of balls.
The Squeeze is OnAdd to list Details
Each group of learners uses everyday materials, such as paper, toothpicks, and tape to design and construct a structure intended to support the weight of a cinder block for 30 seconds.
Building Tetrahedral KitesAdd to list Details
Working in teams of four, learners build tetrahedral kites following specific instructions and using specific materials.
Design Your Own Rube Goldberg MachineAdd to list Details
Engineer and cartoonist Rube Goldberg is famous for his crazy machines that accomplish everyday tasks in overly complicated ways.
Portable SundialAdd to list Details
Learners construct one or more of the following kinds of sundials: a shadow plot, a horizontal sundial, and a diptych sundial.