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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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Make a Mechanical Hand (Instructor Guide)

Design and build a mechanical hand with four fingers and a thumb that bend and straighten.

Make a Mechanical Hand (Student Instruction)

How can you design and build a mechanical hand with fingers that bend and straighten like a human hand?

Make a Mechanical Hand (Challenge Video)

Design and build a mechanical hand with four fingers and a thumb that bend and straighten like a human hand.

Helping Hand

Design a device that can grab something that's hard to reach.

Sorting Solutions

How can you quickly and easily sort pasta by size and shape?

Design a Catapult

See if you can build a catapult that launches a projectile and hits a target.

Build a High Dive

Build a diving board that hangs as far off a table as possible.

Shake It Up with Seismographs

Invent a way to detect an earthquake!

Leave It to Levers

Find out what lever length has to do with heavy lifting.

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