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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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Water Pollution Cleanup (Student Instruction)

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

Critical Load (Student Instruction)

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

Strongest Shapes (Student Instruction)

Using index cards and only one shape in your design, build a bridge that can support a toy car.

Lights, Camera, Engineering!

Create a 3 to 5 minute digital video that tells a creative, fictional story about a concept related to engineering.

Lidar: Mapping with Lasers

Create a 3-D landscape and map it using a lidar lasar measuring device.

Zip Line Challenge

How can you transport a ping-pong ball down a zip line in 4 seconds or less?

Waterproof the Roof

Make a roof that will keep a cardboard house from getting wet.

Water Sampling

Design bottles that can float, sink, or remain suspended to hold simulated sensors that would monitor a river's health.

Water Pollution Cleanup

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

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