As we all navigate remote learning, DiscoverE is building a library of hands-on activities, articles for parents and educators, and video challenges you can use to engage kids in engineering at home!
At Home Engineering
Chats with Change Makers
Meet engineers who are working hard to make the world a better place. Your host is Tiffany, a current ninth-grader from Austin, who chats with different guests from the engineering community. Watch on-demand!
Article: 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, 9-12Topic(s):GreenDiscipline(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, 9-12Discipline(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, 6-8Topic(s):StructuresDiscipline(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, 6-8Topic(s):Forces, Sports/ Games, Technology/MaterialsDiscipline(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, 9-12Topic(s):Forces, StructuresDiscipline(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, 6-8Topic(s):Forces, Simple Machines, Space/TransportationDiscipline(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, 6-8Topic(s):ForcesDiscipline(s):Material Science
At Home: Keep a Cube
Challenge students to explore heat transfer using the engineering design process.Grade(s):3-5, 6-8Topic(s):Energy, Green, Technology/MaterialsDiscipline(s):Material Science, Mechanical
Article for Parents
Get great tips on doing STEM activities at home.