Center for Engineering Educational Outreach, Tufts University
After a discussion about what a parachute is and how it works, learners create parachutes using different materials that they think will work best.
Learners work with plastic sheeting, masking tape, and string to design the perfect material for plastic chair webbing, and then construct their webbing.
In this activity, learners investigate the properties of different types of balls.
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.
Working in teams of four, learners build tetrahedral kites following specific instructions and using specific materials.
Engineer and cartoonist Rube Goldberg is famous for his crazy machines that accomplish everyday tasks in overly complicated ways.
Learners construct one or more of the following kinds of sundials: a shadow plot, a horizontal sundial, and a diptych sundial.