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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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Grade 8 Lesson: Water Purification Device

Students design a portable water purification device that creates clean, drinkable water.

Grade 7 Lesson: Building Pyramids

Students assess the claims of how ancient Egyptians moved large-scale stones across a desert.

Grade 6 Lesson: Desert Island Desalination

Students are challenged to create a source of freshwater using only the resources available to them.

Step Launcher (Challenge Video)

Design a way to launch a small ball off the floor so you can catch it.

Make Your Own Glue (Challenge Video)

Whip up a batch of glue and test it out.

Keep a Cube (Challenge Video)

Make a container to keep an ice cube from melting.

Safe Landing (Challenge Video)

How can you ensure a safe landing for a cup with a ball inside?

Tennis, Anyone? (Challenge Video)

Make a racket that can hit a ping-pong ball against a target and score the most points for your team.

Water Pollution Cleanup (Challenge Video)

Design a process to treat water contaminated with acid and oil.

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