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In Classroom: Harmless Holder

Students learn product and process design as they create a beverage can holder that won’t harm wildlife or pollute but that is sturdy and easy to carry.

In Classroom: Wetlands - Nature’s Water Filter

This simulation illustrates the power of plants to absorb dissolved chemicals from water.

In Classroom: Build a Big Wheel

In teams, students design a ferris wheel made out of pasta, build it, and test it to make sure the wheel turns.

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Marble Run (Instructor Guide)

Create a track that keeps a marble rolling the longest.

Marble Run (Student Instruction)

Build a marble track that makes a marble move as slowly as possible.

Marble Run (Challenge Video)

In this activity, you will build a marble track that makes a marble move as slowly as possible.

Launch It (Instructor Guide)

Design and build an air-powered rocket that can hit a target.

Launch It (Student Instruction)

Design and build an air-powered rocket that can hit a target 5 feet away!

Launch It (Challenge Video)

Design and build an air-powered rocket that can hit a target 5 feet away.

Design an Air Filter

Design an air filter that catches tiny particles (particulate matter) as they are blown through it.

Make a Mechanical Hand (Instructor Guide)

Design and build a mechanical hand with four fingers and a thumb that bend and straighten.

Make a Mechanical Hand (Student Instruction)

How can you design and build a mechanical hand with fingers that bend and straighten like a human hand?
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