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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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Foil Boats (Instructor Guide)

How many pennies can you design an aluminum foil boat to hold before it sinks or capsizes?

Foil Boats (Student Instruction)

How many pennies can your aluminum foil boat hold before it sinks or capsizes? 

Foil Boats (Challenge Video)

Design a boat made only of aluminum foil that holds as many coins as possible before it sinks or capsizes.

Marble Run (Instructor Guide)

Create a track that keeps a marble rolling the longest.

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.

A Clever Way to Water

How can you keep a potted plant watered for a whole week with nobody around to do it?

Make a Cell Phone Stand (Challenge Video)

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

Make a Cell Phone Stand (Student Instruction)

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

Make a Cell Phone Stand

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