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Launch It!

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

Make a Mechanical Hand

Students create a mechanical hand that mimics the bending and straightening of their own fingers and thumb.

Strongest Shapes

Students experiment with different shapes as they build a bridge out of index cards that will support a small object.

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Surgical Forceps (Challenge Video)

Design a prototype of surgical forceps that can grasp and remove a foreign object from a confined space.

Surgical Forceps (Student Instruction)

Design a prototype of surgical forceps that can grasp and remove a foreign object from a confined space.  

Waste-Free Future Project Challenge

Redesign the life cycle of a material or product so that nothing is wasted, no pollution is generated, and natural systems are protected or regenerated.

Restore a Habitat Challenge

Plan the restoration of a degraded habitat in your community so that it benefits native plants and animals.

Windy City Tower

Make a paper tower that can withstand as much wind as possible.

Introduction to Project Management

This guide walks students through the phases of project management. It teaches the skills and concepts to use in any big project--whether it's in school or a future career.

Build a Zero Energy Tiny Home Project Challenge

Design the structure and systems for a replicable home that addresses the dual challenge of housing and climate change.

A Better Use for Rain Project Challenge

Identify a problem involving rainwater in your community and design a solution to address it.
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