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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 5 Lesson: Take Out the Trash: Cleaning Our Rivers

Students build various devices out of recycled materials to capture plastic in a pool.

Grade 4 Lesson: Wind-powered LED

Students will test blade designs on a windmill and see if it can light an LED light bulb.

Grade 3 Lesson: Maglev Train

Students use magnets to magnetically levitate a train over tracks.

Grade 2 Lesson: Surviving Storm Surge

Students build a paper house and flood it with water to see if the house they made can withstand the rising tide.

Grade K Lesson: Reach for the Skies

Students investigate shapes and material properties to build the highest structure they can.

Grade 1 Lesson: Daylight in a Bottle

Design a way to make an energy efficient light source.

Make Your Own Glue (Challenge Video)

Whip up a batch of glue and test it out.

Water Pollution Cleanup (Challenge Video)

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

Critical Load (Challenge Video)

Build a house of cards and see how much weight it can bear before it collapses.

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