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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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Waterproof the Roof

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

Trophies Triathlon

Make a tall trophy that can support the sports ball of your choice.

Strongest Shapes

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

Windy City Tower

Make a paper tower that can withstand as much wind as possible.

Paper Tower

What's the tallest tower you can build with just 2 sheets of newspaper?

Emergency Shelter

Design a temporary shelter that's sturdy and big enough to hold a person.

Tunnel Meetup

Find the entrance of a tunnel without being able to see it.

Textbook Support Challenge

Can you work on time and on budget to design a paper structure that will hold up a textbook?

Strong Paper Structure

Can you build a newspaper structure that won't collapse under the weight of books?

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