At Home Engineering


Distance learning STEAM activities, ideas, and strategies

Check out DiscoverE's robust library of STEAM activities and video challenges you can use to engage students in engineering at home and online! 

Students are encouraged to share their challenge results by emailing photos to social@discovere.org or posting on social media using the hashtag #DiscoverEchallenge.

Use our Tips for Distance Learning resource to explore options for sharing design challenges with kids.  And check out articles with remote learning strategies for educators and parents!

 


 

At Home Engineering

  • DiscoverE Challenge: Tallest Cup Tower

    Build a stable tower out of cups and make it as tall as possible!
    Grade(s):
    K-2, 3-5, 6-8
    Discipline(s):
    Civil
  • DiscoverE Challenge: Pen Factory

    Think like an industrial engineer and create your own assembly line! Design the most efficient way to assemble a collection of pens.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Discipline(s):
    Industrial & Manufacturing
  • Tips on Distance Learning

    Learn why open-ended design challenges are so well-suited for remote learning and explore options for sharing with students at home.

  • At Home: Water Pollution Clean Up

    Healthy water is important for humans as well as for the environment. Can you design a water filter to remove pollutants?

    Grade(s):
    K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
    Topic(s):
    Green
    Discipline(s):
    Agricultural & Biological
  • At Home: Colorful Chemistry

    Red cabbage juice makes a colorful chemical indicator for acids and bases around the home.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8, 9-12
    Discipline(s):
    Chemical
  • At Home: Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure

    Build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows then test them on a home-made shake table.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Structures
    Discipline(s):
    Civil
  • At Home: Tennis, Anyone?

    Create a racket that can hit a ball accurately to a partner or the target!

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Forces, Sports/ Games, Technology/Materials
    Discipline(s):
    Material Science, Industrial & Manufacturing
  • At Home: Windy City Tower

    Can you design and build a paper tower that can hold up in the wind?

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8, 9-12
    Topic(s):
    Forces, Structures
    Discipline(s):
    Civil
  • At Home: Safe Landing

    Design a lander that keeps a ball safely secure when you drop it from 1 foot or higher.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Forces, Simple Machines, Space/Transportation
    Discipline(s):
    Aerospace, Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
  • Article for Educators

    Learn why the Engineering Design Process is more important now than ever. Read the article.

  • At Home: Foil Boats

    How much weight will a piece of foil support? Turn it into a challenge!

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Forces
    Discipline(s):
    Material Science
  • At Home: Keep a Cube

    Challenge students to explore heat transfer using the engineering design process.

    Grade(s):
    3-5, 6-8
    Topic(s):
    Energy, Green, Technology/Materials
    Discipline(s):
    Material Science, Mechanical
  • Article for Parents

    Get great tips on doing STEM activities at home.