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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?

Marble Run (Instructor Guide)

Create a track that keeps a marble rolling the longest.

Launch It (Instructor Guide)

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

Physics Lesson: LED Holiday Card

Students design a card that illuminates at least two LED lights by converting chemical energy in batteries to radiant energy.

Life Science Lesson: Endangered Species

Students identify an endangered species and engineer a method capable of supporting it and its future sustainability.

Chemistry Lesson: Making an Impact on Habitat

Students are tasked with creating a way to neutralize the acidic byproduct of a new factory.

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.
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