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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 Cell Phone Stand (Student Instruction)

Design and build a stand that props up a cell phone on a flat surface.

Step Launcher (Student Instruction)

Design a way to launch a small ball off the floor so you can catch it.

Make Your Own Glue (Student Instruction)

Whip up a batch of glue and test it out.

Keep a Cube (Student Instruction)

Make a container to keep an ice cube from melting.

Safe Landing (Student Instruction)

How can you ensure a safe landing for a cup with a ball inside?

Tennis, Anyone? (Student Instruction)

Make a racket that can hit a ping-pong ball against a target and score the most points for your team.

Water Pollution Cleanup (Student Instruction)

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

Pen Factory! (Student Instruction)

Think like an industrial engineer as you design a pen assembly line.

Critical Load (Student Instruction)

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

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