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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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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?

Make a Mechanical Hand (Challenge Video)

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

Build a Water Timer

Students will design and build a timer that works by measuring how much water drips out of or into a container.

Make a Cell Phone Stand (Challenge Video)

Design and build a stand that props up a cell phone on a flat surface.
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