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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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Foil Boats (Student Instruction)

How many pennies can your aluminum foil boat hold before it sinks or capsizes? 

Marble Run (Student Instruction)

Build a marble track that makes a marble move as slowly as possible.

Launch It (Student Instruction)

Design and build an air-powered rocket that can hit a target 5 feet away!

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 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?

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