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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 7 Lesson: Building Pyramids

Students assess the claims of how ancient Egyptians moved large-scale stones across a desert.

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.

Critical Load (Challenge Video)

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

Strongest Shapes (Challenge Video)

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

Tallest Cup Tower (Student Instruction)

Build a stable tower as tall as possible.

Tallest Cup Tower

Build a stable tower as tall as possible.

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.
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