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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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Sun-Warmed Treats

Build a solar oven and warm up a treat.

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.

Wetlands: Nature's Water Filter

Can a stick of celery “clean” a glass of polluted water?

Build a Plankton Net

Design and build a net to collect plankton, and test it out by collecting glitter.

Pipe Maze

Design a leak-proof system of pipes to bring water to the right place.

Ocean Acidification

Create a system that uses bubbles to reduce carbon dioxide in water--reducing the water's acidity.

Design a Folding Solar Panel

Design a solar panel that can be folded up and expanded without tearing.

Build an Earthquake-Resistant Structure

How will a structure made of marshmallows and toothpicks withstand an earthquake?

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