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April 4, 2018

Engage Students

Inspire the next generation of engineers by leading them in hands-on engineering activities. Help them learn about the impact, fun, and creativity involved in engineering. In just one session you can set a student on the exciting path to an engineering career.

Working with our content partner—Design Squad Global—we are pleased to offer four engaging engineering activities in six languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Take the pledge—in the green box on the right—to download them today.

1. Strong Paper Structure

Teams design and build structures out of newspaper that can support the weight of several textbooks. In the process they discover which shapes are strongest and least likely to collapse.

2. Safe Landing

How can you ensure a safe landing for a cup with a ball inside? Students devise ways to ensure that a cup with a ball inside it lands upright, without the ball falling out, when dropped from a height of at least 1 foot.

3. Seismic Shake-Up!

Hundreds of millions of people live in places around the world where earthquakes are common. Can you design a structure that’s stable and sturdy enough to survive an earthquake’s vibrations? Then test your structure on a shake table, a device engineers use to simulate the shaking of an earthquake. Ideal activity for small and large groups.

4. Helping Hand

Design and build a device with a long handle that can grab an object that’s hard to reach. This is an “assistive device”—it helps you do something you couldn’t otherwise do easily. Engineers have built some amazing assistive devices to make life better for people facing challenges, including prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs, and computer programs that make speech possible.

Need more? Visit this page to view all of DiscoverE's activities. Also access free resources available on The Boeing Company's Centennial website, including video profiles, interactive learning modules, family and teacher guides, and online engineering design challenges. 

Finding students

Young people are everywhere! You can start with your own children, the children of friends, students in local schools, or after-school groups. Then decide if you want to visit them at school or bring them to your office.

Setting up a school or after-school visit

Call the school and ask if they welcome outside speakers. Tell them you want to introduce their students to engineering and do hands-on activities with their students. Assure them that you’ll bring all of the necessary materials, that it will cost them nothing, and that it will take 45 to 60 minutes.

Bring students to your workplace or college campus

Not only do most kids not know an engineer, they haven’t seen engineering in action. Invite a group of students to spend the day in your lab, office, or at your university. Give them a tour, introduce them to the engineers and technicians who work there, show them a project you or your colleagues are working on, treat them to lunch, answer their questions, and take their picture and give them copies to remind them of how cool engineering is.


If you haven’t worked with students before we have two quick self-guided trainings to get you started:

Leading Kids Through a Successful Engineering Experience

Whether you are a new volunteer or a seasoned veteran, a review of this workshop will help to increase your effectiveness.

Effectively Talking to Kids About Engineering 

This workshop walks you through the top engineering messages that resonate with kids and shows you how to incorporate them into your outreach efforts. Learn about the research behind the messaging and get practical tips for how to engage kids with real-world examples and compelling images.


Post your student visits on our events calendar so thy will be published and help inspire fellow-volunteers. Please make sure to get the appropriate permission to share photos of students on Global Day. 

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